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Re: designing tables with multiple lengthy footnotes to be accessible for screen reader users

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 3 Jul 2001 06:30:03 -0400 (EDT)
To: "Pedlow, Robert" <Robert.Pedlow@team.telstra.com>
cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0107030627300.1598-100000@tux.w3.org>
Robert,

the issue that strikes me as arising fastest is making sure that the linking
is clear - something more than "*" (an asterisk) as link text is helpful,
even just a numbered reference.

Other than that linked content is a part of the web, and with a reasonably
consistent structure to the information and no strange nasty behaviour (such
as using a javascript link to pop out the footnote in a new window) it is
probably not a major complexity. (Usability concerns are important though).

cheers

Charles McCN

On Tue, 3 Jul 2001, Pedlow, Robert wrote:

  Dear all
          I have a question about designing data tables to be accessible for
  screen reader users. The particular issue is that a number of the tables
  have multiple and lengthy footnotes
  In some cases the footnotes are several sentences. The tables are data
  tables which are often also quite lengthy. This does not seem to be directly
  dealt with by the WCAG but I am wondering if anyone can offer suggestions on
  design strategies for this issue.
Received on Tuesday, 3 July 2001 06:30:06 GMT

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