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Re: complex data table issue

From: Al Gilman <asgilman@iamdigex.net>
Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2001 15:55:33 -0400
Message-Id: <200104131954.PAA10337464@smtp2.mail.iamworld.net>
To: Denise Koschmann <dkoschman@qrc.com>, ADAM GUASCH-MELENDEZ <ADAM.GUASCH@EEOC.GOV>
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Denise,

You have to distinguish tables and forms as two classes of structure and
interaction widget.  Not that the form can't be laid out as a table, but the
form issues are more critical and take precedence.

Also, for form controls you have the possibility of using LABEL with an
explicit for=IDREF connection to the form control.  I believe you will find
this is better supported than the table headers.  It is also possible to use
ALT on INPUT elements for cueing what the question is.  See HomeRuns.com for a
site that pretty much works.

Adam,

Can you refer us to any examples of HTML forms that have passed your
qualification process?  Laid out in tables or otherwise?

Al

At 12:37 PM 2001-04-10 -0400, Denise Koschmann wrote:
>The company I work for develops survey systems for government clients. 
>We've got loads of complex data table issues, as most of the survey forms 
>are laid out in tabular format.
>
>I'm working with one of our designers to create a sample data table/form 
>that our developers can use as a model for retrofitting their systems. 
>We're using techniques for associating row/column header and cell 
>information recommended in the WCAG techniques document and the HTML 4.01 
>spec, but JAWS 3.7 won't read the row and column headers (I've tried 
>reformatting the table and ALT+CTRL+num 5). I've also tested the sample 
>with HPR 3, which reads input titles in the table cells but not the header 
>information itself.
>
>If someone could take a look and tell us what we're missing, I'd really 
>appreciate it:
><http://dingonline.com/GSS/5b.htm>http://dingonline.com/GSS/5b.htm
>
>Thank you,
>Denise Koschmann 
>  
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