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Re: Heading markup in tables

From: Steven Dale <sdale@stevendale.com>
Date: Thu, 3 Jun 2004 18:24:49 -0400 (EDT)
Message-ID: <1571.129.174.36.240.1086301489.squirrel@www.stevendale.com>
To: <sailesh.panchang@deque.com>
Cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

Oh,  yes if you want to have different semantic levels inside a cell, I
certainly would mark them up in the same way you would mark up stuff
outside a data table.  Headings need not be the only thing... Lists could
be used in a single cell as well. Etc.

Sailesh Panchang said:
> Take a look at the data table at
> http://www.eramp.com/david/traffic_cop_prototype_staticc_no_rows.htm 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
>> Senior Accessibility Engineer
>> Deque Systems,11180  Sunrise Valley Drive,
>> 4th Floor, Reston VA 20191
>> Tel: 703-225-0380 Extension 105
>> E-mail: sailesh.panchang@deque.com
>> Fax: 703-225-0387
>> * Look up <http://www.deque.com> *
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