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RE: summary vs. caption

From: Scarlett Julian (ED) <Julian.Scarlett@sheffield.gov.uk>
Date: Tue, 4 Dec 2001 15:39:06 -0000
Message-ID: <F9BE3B1AB649D311A573009027852E4D018964FF@EDUC_MXS>
To: "'Phill Jenkins'" <pjenkins@us.ibm.com>
Cc: "'w3c-wai-ig@w3.org'" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Thanks Phill, 

guess I should've done the trawling myself but I *do* appreciate it. Now it
all makes sense.



> -----Original Message-----
> From: Phill Jenkins [mailto:pjenkins@us.ibm.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, December 04, 2001 3:32 PM
> To: Scarlett Julian (ED); w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
> Subject: Re: summary vs. caption
> 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]
> Regards,
> Phill
> "Scarlett Julian (ED)" <Julian.Scarlett@sheffield.gov.uk>@w3.org on
> 12/04/2001 06:47:40 AM
> Sent by:  w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org
> To:   w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
> cc:
> 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).
> tia
> Julian
> Julian Scarlett
> Web Design & Document Management System Officer
> Education Directorate
> Sheffield City Council
> 0114 2735721
> mob 07904914976
> julian.scarlett@sheffield.gov.uk
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