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Re: Heading markup in tables

From: Sailesh Panchang <sailesh.panchang@deque.com>
Date: Sat, 3 Jul 2004 18:23:55 -0400
Message-ID: <01b301c4614c$6e175c50$a401a8c0@deque.local>
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Take a look at the data table at
The cells in the first column  are marked up as th and use h2 within.  Well this table uses rowspan. But the one I described in my mail does not and just    marking up elementary/mid/high school cells in first column  with say h2 and not the grades under them will be useful to a screen reader user.
Even while associating   data cells to header cells,  just th mark-up  is enough and one need not use headers-id for data cells in the grade-rows.
>Why not just style the <TH> the same as your <H>?
Styling alone will not  convey  the structural  relation.
Sailesh Panchang said:
> Hello all,
> HTML accessibility guidelines or specs say nothing about  use of heading
> taggs (h1, h2, etc) for marking up group / section headings within data
> tables. Consider, for instance first column groups grades 1 to 12 under
> elementary/mid and high schools and other columns have values against
> the grades.  Running down the first column with screen reading  software
>  will speak out the heading markup and inform the user  that the items
> below belong to that group. They could be marked uup with h2 or h3 and
> styled to maintain visual l&f. A simple technique but I  do not see it
> being mentioned for making certain data tables accessible. Comments?
> Sailesh Panchang
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