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Re: The trouble with data tables!

From: Elizabeth J. Pyatt <ejp10@psu.edu>
Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2005 09:00:47 -0400
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To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

My instinct would be to break up the large table into a series of 
smaller tables, each with its own heading

<h2>Chicken Dishes</h2>


That way you have a series of simple tables which require less 
tweaking for accessibiliy purposes.

Making the food types headers, also allows screen reader users to 
navigate from heading to heading. When you read a menu in a 
restaurant, you would probably do scan for the appropriate, then look 
at items in detail after finding the section you want.

I believe the same reasoning might apply to assets as well.

My two cents


>Hi, folks
>If anyone has a moment, I'd be grateful for some thoughts on the markup of
>three data tables.
>What we have is three menus on different html pages, with links between them
>at the top. The content is identical, but we've used different html markup
>for each.
>Eventually the lessons we learned will be applied to financial data tables
>where they will state a category such as assets, then the individual assets
>so there will be two levels of heading.  In this case we've said Chicken or
>Lamb and given three dishes under each. We hope our markup will leave no
>doubt which dish is in which major heading category and help people keep
>track of which row you are in. This will become particularly important when
>we apply the lessons to columns of very boring figure.
>The url for the first menu is
>Many thanks
>Judy Knighton
>AccEase Ltd
>Making online information accessible
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