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RE: User agent support of SUMMARY attribute in tables

From: John Foliot - bytown internet <foliot@bytowninternet.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Jan 2003 17:23:34 -0500
To: "iris" <iristopa@yahoo.com>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <GKEFJJEKDDIMBHJOGLENGEIGDBAA.foliot@bytowninternet.com>

It is recommended that all data tables containing table data (as opposed to
layout tables) contain a Summary Attribute.  This is increasingly important
if there are multiple tables on the same page.

Conversely, while it is good practice to provide summaries to data tables,
providing summaries to tables used solely for layout purposes is redundant
and of little value to users. ("This is my pen, I use it to write with...")

This becomes particularly annoying when there is a table used for layout on
each page of a site.  The speach reader will remind you (EVERY SINGLE TIME)
that "this is a table used for layout".

JF

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> --- David Poehlman <poehlman1@comcast.net> wrote:
> > Please, Please, Please!!!!"?  do not use it for lay
> > out tables?
>
> you're saying: don't use 'this table is for layout' or
> similar?  aren't we suppossed to do that?  should we
> leave the summary attribute empty or leave it out
> alltogether?
>
> iris
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