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Re: large, but simple tables

From: Access Systems <accessys@smart.net>
Date: Sun, 23 Dec 2001 16:19:22 -0500 (EST)
To: snip@hellbusch.de
cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.21.0112231618120.23046-100000@smarty.smart.net>
On Sat, 22 Dec 2001, Jan Eric Hellbusch wrote:

> I have a question on creating long tables which remain accessible. The
> problem: on
> http://www.diabsite.de/diabetes/ernaehrung/be-tabellen/be_a-z.html there is
> an extremely long list of items, each with four characterstics (formatted in

very hard to read, might work better if you used a fixed font width and
used space rather than tab to move to next column.  (would that mess up
other screen readers??)


> a table); it is hard to read with a screen reader. The main list is to
> remain on a single page to enable searching with STRG+F. Other sorted (and
> shorter) lists are available. Because the main list becomes incomprehensible
> for screen readers, we would like to do one of the following:
> 1. use headers attribute such as:
> <TR><TH id="columnonename">Column 1 title</TH> ...  </TR>
> <TR><TD headers="colunonename">column one list item</TD> ... </TR>
> The problem here is that we atr unable to discover, whether this works on
> screen readers. Neither JAWS 3.7 nor HPR deliver a result.
> 2. Divide the tables into shorter tables with each containing some 10 items.
> Seems feasible, but could mean a lot of maintenance work. This is my
> "favorite",.
> 3. Add a dummy graphic behind each of the characteristics (1 pixel
> transparent) in each table cell with an alt text specially for the screen
> reader. For me an "dirty" solution.
> Can anybody please tell me, why we have trouble with realizing the WAI specs
> on headers and/or what solution would be best to resolve the problem of
> screen reader users getting lost in large tables?
> Wishing a Happy Xmas!
> Jan
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