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Re: Does scope work on colspan?

From: Bill Mason <w3c@accessibleinter.net>
Date: Mon, 09 Feb 2004 22:50:24 -0800
Message-ID: <40287F30.7030206@accessibleinter.net>
To: Juan Ulloa <julloa@bcc.ctc.edu>
Cc: WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

Juan Ulloa wrote:
> Hi all,
> 
> I'm wondering the scope attribute will work on table headers with colspans?
> Like this:
> 
> (I've taken out the closing tags for an easier read)
> 
> <table>
> 
> <tr>
> 
> <th colspan="2" scope="col">main header 1</th>
> 
> <th colspan="2" scope="col">main header 2</th>
> 
> </tr>
> 
> <tr>
> 
> <th scope="col">sub head a>
> 
> <th scope="col">sub head b>
> 
> <th scope="col">sub head c>
> 
> <th scope="col">sub head d>
> 
> </tr>
> 
> Is the scope element enough? Can I simplify it more by getting rid of the
> scope element in the entire second row? I read in a prior post that Jaws had
> problems with this and in essence you need to use ID and headers. Is that
> fixed in newer versions?

I haven't tested this with anything in particular, but I think it would 
be more accurate to define colgroups at the start of the table:

<colgroup span="2" />
<colgroup span="2" />

And then set the 'main header' th's to scope="colgroup".

-- 
Bill Mason
Accessible Internet
w3c@accessibleinter.net
http://www.accessibleinter.net/
Received on Tuesday, 10 February 2004 01:50:37 UTC

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