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Re: [techs] Table Summary Tests (111, 112, 113, 114, 203)

From: Joe Clark <joeclark@joeclark.org>
Date: Fri, 12 Aug 2005 17:49:58 +0000 (UTC)
To: WAI-GL <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.60.0508121748430.14602@aristotle.multipattern.com>

>> Test 112 - All data table summaries contain text.
>> http://www.w3.org/WAI/GL/WCAG20/tests/test112.html
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> This seems odd to me, what else would they contain?  Is "one printable 
> character" actually helpful? What if it is a space character? Instead, how 
> about testing that the summary attribute is not null?

summary="" is fine if <caption> exists or an ordinary heading or body copy 
explains the table. These last two points have been real-world usages the 
Working Group has resisted.

> If you have the previous test, why do you need this one?  I don't think this 
> test will work cross-languages.  Couldn't you have an appropriate summary in 
> Japanese that is less than 10 characters?

Chinese is a better example because it doesn't use kana.

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