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Re: mark up for complex data tables

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2001 22:51:12 +0000 (GMT)
Message-Id: <200111202251.fAKMpCA01868@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
> summary="Table showing comparison of pupil's marks for xxxxx school by
> subject: comparison is by gender, with statistical neighbours, across the
> LEA and nationally.">

I think "purpose" would include what conclusions might be drawn from
a quick look at the table.  I don't think this really covers structure
at all.

>       <div align="center">data</div>

I've never understood the obsession with centring text on web pages, but
columns of figure should never be centred; they should be decimal 
point aligned, which, without style sheets, probably means right
aligned.

> bit confused by getting scope to cover more than one column. Also should I
> be using thead or header ids?

thead is fairly irrelevant, as it is more to do with multi-page printing/
display.  I don't seen any harm in doing this properly, but what I think
you need here is th on all the horizontal and vertical headings.  For
a user agent that complies with section 11.4.3 of the HTML 4 specification,
headers is likely to be unecessarily verbose.

You've also logically got column groups, although, except for shading
purposes, you might not gain much from making them explicit.
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