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Re: long tables

From: Harvey Bingham <hbingham@acm.org>
Date: Mon, 15 Apr 2002 10:18:01 -0400
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To: "Scarlett Julian (ED)" <Julian.Scarlett@sheffield.gov.uk>
Cc: "'w3c-wai-ig@w3.org'" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
At 13:52 2002-04-15 +0100, you wrote:
>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.

See the recommended table markup (originally in HTML 4.0) for XHTML 4.0.


Your browser may make difficult the downloading of the strict DTD. (Opera 
allows it
Microsoft Internet Explorer doesn't.) You may need to download the zip 
version and
unzip it.

My paraphrase:

For visual browsing, the table rows TR in thead and tfoot are expected
to persist in screen display when the tbody row content needs to scroll.

For non-visual support the individual TH or TD table cells can include 
     id="unique identifier", usable as reference target
     axis="comma separated list of related headers"
     headers="idrefs of appropriate header cells"

>Julian Scarlett
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Regards/Harvey Bingham
Invited Expert, World Wide Web Consortium Web Accessibility Initiative
Received on Monday, 15 April 2002 10:15:43 UTC

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