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Table Captions and Summaries

From: B.K. DeLong <bkdelong@pobox.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2005 10:10:06 -0500
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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
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