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Table Captions and Summaries

From: B.K. DeLong <bkdelong@pobox.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2005 10:10:06 -0500
Message-Id: <5.2.1.1.2.20050114100654.01a74a70@mail.brain-stream.com>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

Hi all -

We're running into a bit of a conundrum here with regard to table captions 
and summaries. At the moment, most of our data tables will have both. When 
there is no caption, there is a summary. However with both a caption and 
table summary, it's getting redundant since we specifically word the 
caption to explain exactly what's in the table.

In cases where we have a table caption, should we say "See table caption 
for an explanation of this table." for the summary? Or should we just give 
the summary attribute a null value.

How do screenreaders handle this?

Thanks in advance.

--
B.K. DeLong
Web Production Specialist

MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Building 9, Room 215
105 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307

email: bkdelong@mit.edu
http://bkdelong.mit.edu
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