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Re: JAWS doesn't seem to hear Table annotations?

From: Patrick Burke <burke@ucla.edu>
Date: Tue, 06 Nov 2001 10:42:32 -0800
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To: "Gatewood, Joy" <jogat@opic.gov>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Hi Joy,

Jaws won't read the table as described automatically, but the header & cell 
information can be obtained with the CONTROL+ALT+Numericpad5 keystroke. 
(Control+Alt+arrow keys may also speak the cell information, but I'm a bit 
hazy on which applications these are supposed to work in.)


is the definitive table reference.

Be glad you don't have to code for Jaws perfection, though. In general, as 
a designer it's best to code to the standard & let the various screen 
readers do the rest. If Jaws or another program doesn't implement 
correctly, it's their problem.


At 10:22 AM 11/6/01, Gatewood, Joy wrote:
>Hello all -
>I hope that someone here can help me.  I am a consultant for gov't agencies
>in Washington, D.C., working to make their websites meet the Section 508
>I'm especially concerned with trying to make tables containing data meet
>these Section 508 criteria:
>(g) Row and column headers shall be identified for data tables.
>(h) Markup shall be used to associate data cells and header cells for data
>tables that have two or more logical levels of row or column headers.
>JAWS does not seem to render the tables that I have annotated regardless of
>the method uses -  "scope", "headers", and "axis" attributes.  The table is
>read exactly as it was before, except that now the caption is read.
>Is there something I should be doing to put JAWS in the "table" mode?  I am
>using JAWS 3.5 and MSIE 5.0
>Could someone point me to a page that contains a perfectly annotated table
>that JAWS will read?
>Thanks in advance for your help.
>Joy Gatewood
Received on Tuesday, 6 November 2001 13:43:05 UTC

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