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Re: Table: Title in lieu of Caption

From: Chris Ridpath <chris.ridpath@utoronto.ca>
Date: Tue, 29 Jun 2004 09:22:25 -0400
Message-ID: <00fc01c45ddc$1ec1eb70$b040968e@WILDDOG>
To: "Gregg Vanderheiden" <gv@trace.wisc.edu>, "'Sailesh Panchang'" <sailesh.panchang@deque.com>, <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
We currently have 3 techniques for describing the nature of data tables:

[1] summary (mandatory)
[2] caption (optional)
[3] title (optional)

As Sailesh mentions, you can use the title attribute if you want to add information beyond what's in the summary but don't want it to be visible like the caption.

I believe these techniques follow the HTML spec and provide enough flexibility to adequately describe the purpose of the table. They also seem to be reasonably supported by the current crop of user agents.

> Lets be very careful that we are not writing to the current

> batch of user agents (including AT).


Yes, good to keep in mind. We must avoid making techniques based upon "until user agents" and "because user agents".



[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20-HTML-TECHS/#datatables_summary
[2] http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20-HTML-TECHS/#datatables_caption
[3] http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20-HTML-TECHS/#datatables_title

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Gregg Vanderheiden 
  To: 'Sailesh Panchang' ; w3c-wai-gl@w3.org 
  Sent: Monday, June 28, 2004 10:25 AM
  Subject: RE: Table: Title in lieu of Caption

  Hi Sailesh, all,



     Lets be very careful that we are not writing to the current batch of user agents (including AT).   They have many quirks as well as good features. 


  But let's think 'clean slate' and come up with a good set of recommendations on what should be done.   Then let' work with user agents to bring them into conformance with this thought out and internally consistent approach.   I think we will be better off in the long run. 





   -- ------------------------------ 
  Gregg C Vanderheiden Ph.D. 
  Professor - Ind. Engr. & BioMed Engr.
  Director - Trace R & D Center 
  University of Wisconsin-Madison 

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