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RE: long tables

From: Jim Thatcher <jim@jimthatcher.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Apr 2002 08:46:44 -0500
To: "Scarlett Julian (ED)" <Julian.Scarlett@sheffield.gov.uk>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-id: <NDBBKJDAKKEJDCICIODLEEAEEDAA.jim@jimthatcher.com>
Hi Julian,

Screen reader access to a table is independent of size. If the table is
properly marked up, the headings will be spoken as one navigates around the
table, so the larger table adds to the sighted user's difficulty more than
it adds to problems for a blind user.

What is properly marked up?
Headings in row 1 and column 1.
TH and/or scope attributes on those heading cells.
If the heading(s) for data cells are not found in the same row and column as
the cell then you need to use id's on the headings and headers attributes on
the data cells.

Jim
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-----Original Message-----
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Behalf Of Scarlett Julian (ED)
Sent: Monday, April 15, 2002 7:52 AM
To: 'w3c-wai-ig@w3.org'
Subject: long tables


Hi all

I have a very big table to put up on a web page and I *know* that it's going
to cause someone somewhere severe problems. The table is 13 cols x 194 rows
and cannot really be split up into smaller logical tables which would be the
easiest solution. Does anyone out there have any ideas on mark-up to make
this table easier to follow for screen readers? Sorry if this sounds like a
simple problem but it's one that I've only just come across and would dearly
like some pointers.

tia
Julian

Julian Scarlett
Web Design & Document Management System Officer
PPU
Education Directorate
Sheffield City Council
0114 2735721
mob 07904914976
julian.scarlett@sheffield.gov.uk

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