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Re: WCAG Checkpoint 5.3

From: Tom Gilder <w3c@tom.me.uk>
Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2003 16:26:17 +0100
Message-ID: <1871771265.20030627162617@tom.me.uk>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

On Friday, June 27, 2003, 9:39:11 AM, Pablo Enríquez wrote:
> "5.3 Do not use tables for layout unless the table makes sense when
> linearized. Otherwise, if the table does not make sense, provide an
> alternative equivalent (which may be a linearized version).
> [Priority 2]" 
> I've read this and WAI Techniques many times and I think the
> majority of tables on the web are readable and understandable line
> by line. I believe this checkpoint don´t forbid table layout for AA
> at all. What's more, possibly the checkpoint promotes nested tables.

Make sure to pay attention to the note afterwards:

  "Once user agents support style sheet positioning, tables should not
   be used for layout"
    -- http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10/#tech-avoid-table-for-layout

I'd say that note is now in effect, and thus no site using tables for
layout can claim WCAG AA compliance. But that is a largely a matter of

Tom Gilder
Received on Friday, 27 June 2003 11:26:19 UTC

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