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Re: summary vs. caption

From: Phill Jenkins <pjenkins@us.ibm.com>
Date: Tue, 4 Dec 2001 09:32:27 -0600
To: "Scarlett Julian (ED)" <Julian.Scarlett@sheffield.gov.uk>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <OF916528CC.9212F863-ON86256B18.0054F29F@raleigh.ibm.com >
It is explained at http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-HTML-TECHS/#data-tables

<Quote> A table caption describes the nature of the table in one to three
sentences [Phill recommends one or less]

<quote> A summary of the relationships among cells is especially important
for tables with nested headings, cells that span multiple columns or rows,
or other relationships that may not be obvious from analyzing the structure
of the table but that may be apparent in a visual rendering of the table. A
summary may also describe how the table fits into the context of the
current document. If no caption is provided, it is even more critical to
provide a summary.[Phill recommends the summary attribute for common layout
tables, such as navigation layouts]


"Scarlett Julian (ED)" <Julian.Scarlett@sheffield.gov.uk>@w3.org on
12/04/2001 06:47:40 AM

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To:   w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject:  summary vs. caption

In relation to mark up for data tables, can anyone clarify for me what
summary="blah" and <caption>blah</caption> intended to do and if I need to
have them both. I seem to be using the same bit of text for both and have
come to the conclusion that either I'm using one of them incorrectly or I
should only be using one of them (but which one).



Julian Scarlett
Web Design & Document Management System Officer
Education Directorate
Sheffield City Council
0114 2735721
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