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Re: Does 5.1 absolutely require TH?

From: Sailesh Panchang <sailesh.panchang@deque.com>
Date: Fri, 3 Sep 2004 14:58:46 -0400
Message-ID: <010f01c491e8$0b2f5cb0$3d01a8c0@deque.local>
To: "Phill Jenkins" <pjenkins@us.ibm.com>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
> So in this case or even in a table with just 2 columns you absolutely must have headers. 
Phill Jenkins  wrote:
Sailesh, I understand that is you opinion, but is that definition or guidance documented anywhere? 
Sailesh:
If you agree that it is a data table, then the checkpoimnt itself documents it.
I outlined the accessibility issue in my last e-mail. The checkpoint says  use row and column header markup for data tables. I admit  "data table" has not been defined. And neither are several other terms. But I believe the term is readily understood. 
The guidance note to Sec 508 rules and     even the WCAG 1.0 document emphasize the need to test with AT tools to ensure that content is accessible. The techbniques  doc   says that  the  techniques listed therein  are not the only way to make content accessible. So without using header markup if the  content   author is able to make the table  understandable  to all users then   please do so.
The WCAG are guidelines and do not have  the backing of law. So I suppose one  who spends time in  trying to implement them is passionately trying to  ensure that his / her content does not contain barriers to accessibility. So one should be trying to look at the spirit of the guidelines and not the letter of the law. Means  to make the WCAG  more objective, testable and understandable etc.  are needed and WCAG 2 is attempting that
Sailesh Panchang
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