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Re: Table used in place of list

From: david poehlman <poehlman1@comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2004 12:25:35 -0400
Message-ID: <00e901c47588$adb2ba30$6401a8c0@DAVIDPC>
To: "Sailesh Panchang" <sailesh.panchang@deque.com>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

My first stab says that jaws is rong and should be corrected, though, it's
not a serious issue in this instance.  My second stab is that linariability
is critical so if something does not properly linarize...

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Sailesh Panchang" <sailesh.panchang@deque.com>
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Thursday, July 29, 2004 12:17 PM
Subject: Table used in place of list

I came across a two column table that  lists ten text items (actually FAQs)
numbered 1 through 10. Items 1 to 5 are in the first column and items 6
through 10 are in the second column. I regard this content as a an ordered
list that should be represented with ol and li tags in stead of in a table.
JAWS for instance reads the table items in this order: Item 1, item 6, item
2, item 7 and so on. Navigating it as a data table (with default reading
options) results in first row and first column  contents  being announced as
My question:  Which checkpoint(s) does this content violate?
The explanation following checkpoint 3.6 refers to misuse of lists.  But
does not mention failure to use a list  as a violation. How about 5.3? or
any other?
3.6 Mark up lists and list items properly.
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).

Sailesh Panchang
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