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Re: Table Mark-up

From: Daniel Dardailler <danield@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 14 Jan 1999 09:46:50 +0100
Message-Id: <199901140846.JAA27646@www47.inria.fr>
To: Shan Sasser <sasser.shan@blind.state.ia.us>
cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

> However, none of the screen readers that we have encountered reads the sample
> table as such.

Probably not, it's a theoritical example of what a browser, a proxy or
a screen reader could to, provided the additional TABLE markup was
there.

> Are there additional reasons for using caption, summary, header and id in
> table
> mark-up other than to ensure tables are appropriately translated into linear
> sequences, which only JFW/IE 4.01 does with limited success? 

There's a chicken&egg issue here. If user agents do not support a
functionality, is it worth asking author to support it ? (if it can't
be read, should I write it ?).

Since the things we're asking for TABLE are part of HMLT4.0, which is
a standard the industry has endorsed (but has not yet fully
implemented), I think it's fine that we ask people to use it if it's
good for accessibility.
Received on Thursday, 14 January 1999 03:46:57 GMT

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