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Re: Table Captions and Summaries

From: Matthew Smith <matt@kbc.net.au>
Date: Sat, 15 Jan 2005 12:24:51 +1030
Message-ID: <41E877EB.2000502@kbc.net.au>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

Hi All

Tina Holmboe wrote:
<blockquote>
The two [table caption and summary] should, in my view, both be present, not 
overlap, and
certainly describe different sides to the table and the data.
</blockquote>

This raises an interesting point for me.  If the data is generated 
automatically, does this mean should write a programme to interpret it and thus 
provide the summary?

My page at <http://www.mss.cx/current_weather.html> attempts to provide an 
accessible weather report.  The tables are highly marked up to aid navigation 
(which cell belongs to which headings) and are captioned, but do not contain 
summaries.  I suppose that this would be possible, although it would probably 
quadruple the code used to produce the page.

In such a page, would provision of a summary be sufficiently important for the 
pages accessibility to warrant the extra programming required?  I would be more 
than likely to do this for my own work as an academic exercise, but does such a 
thing make a significant difference to the accessibility of the page?

Cheers

M

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Matthew Smith
Kadina Business Consultancy
South Australia
http://www.kbc.net.au
Received on Saturday, 15 January 2005 01:54:57 GMT

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