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RE: Layout versus data tables proposal for null summary attribute

From: John M Slatin <john_slatin@austin.utexas.edu>
Date: Fri, 27 Aug 2004 14:01:51 -0500
Message-ID: <C46A1118E0262B47BD5C202DA2490D1A033180C7@MAIL02.austin.utexas.edu>
To: "Elizabeth J. Pyatt" <ejp10@psu.edu>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

<blockquote>
I agree that a null attribute is valid code, but I was approaching 
this more from the aspect of trying to reduce file size.  As you may 
guess, my approach is not to specify meta data unless there is some 
content in it or it has a "real world" effect in the browsing 
experience (most tags/attributes do, but some null attributes really 
don't apepar to make a difference as far as I can tell.)

</blockquote>
At least one user agent, JAWS 5.0, supports the null summary attribute.
JAWS' default behavior when it encounters a table is to announce "Table
with x columns and y rows," and it does the same for nested tables but
adds information about the nesting level.  When it encounters <table
summar=""> JAWS doesn't say any of that; it just reads the contents of
the table.  Personally, I like that just fine!

John
Received on Friday, 27 August 2004 19:01:52 UTC

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