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Re: asterisks and footnotes

From: Marti <marti@agassa.com>
Date: Wed, 16 May 2001 12:09:31 -0400
Message-ID: <002e01c0de22$97eb2bc0$a3d6db3f@cais.net>
To: <iristopa@excite.com>, "W3c-Wai-Ig" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Why not put the explanation of the * just before the table - in a quick look
it seemed that it meant the same thing inside each table.
(in this table * indicates Blah blah blah)
Marti

----- Original Message -----
From: "iris" <iristopa@excite.com>
To: "W3c-Wai-Ig" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Wednesday, May 16, 2001 11:51 AM
Subject: Re: asterisks and footnotes


> no, they are not references that can go at the bottom of the page.  no,
they
> are not glossary terms.  no, i didn't write the content and don't want to
> change it too much since it's an academic research paper.
>
> there are several tables of courses on this page, title of course, length
of
> course and attendance. there's an asterisk next to some course titles and
a
> note below the table ('this course was run in liaison with...'), which
means
> several items refer to this note.  i can't put it with the references at
the
> bottom of the page because linking back wouldn't be possible (several
> items).  it would all become clear if you had a look at the page:
> http://www.demos.ac.uk/project/docs/0103.html
>
> maybe i'm overdoing it a bit, trying to get this accessible?
>
> iris
>
> On Wed, 16 May 2001 10:38:09 -0400 (EDT), Charles McCathieNevile wrote:
> >  If these are in fact glossary references (it sounds like it) then a
link
> is a
> >  good idea.Especially if that is made clear by including the attribute
> >  rel="glossary" in the link.
> >
> <snip>
> >    At 04:49 2001-05-16 -0700, iris wrote:
> >    >hi everyone
> >    >
> >    >i'm just marking up a document with several occurences of asterisks
> after
> >    >words in data table cells which lead to a brief explanation or
> additional
> >    >info that couldn't fit into the data cell but is placed underneath
the
> table
> >    >(a footnote basically).  i was wondering how to make that
accessible.
> >    >
> >    >should i put an abbr or acronym tag  or span/title around the
asterisk
> and
> >    >put the explanantion in there?  what if the explanation is really
> long,
> >    >won't that be confusing.  also, it would be repetitive, since the
user
> would
> >    >then come across it twice, because it's still underneath the table
for
> the
> >    >sighted users.  it would basically get read out twice by a
> screenreader.
> >    >
> >    >with references at the bottom of documents i normally link to the
> reference
> >    >and then from there back to the text, but that seems a bit overkill
> here.
> >    >and confusing again.
> >    >
> >    >or maybe i should put title="additional info after table" in a tag
> around
> >    >it.
> >    >
> >    >what would be the best and least confusing solution?
> >    >
> >    >thanks
> >    >iris
> >    >
> >    >the page in question is at
> http://www.demos.ac.uk/project/docs/0103.html
> >    >i'm not finished marking it up yet.
> >    >the data tables are further down the page (in grey).
> >
>
>
>
>
>
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