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Re: Table Captions and Summaries

From: Alastair Campbell <ac@nomensa.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2005 12:25:55 +0000
Message-ID: <41EE51D3.5070303@nomensa.com>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

Charles McCathieNevile wrote:
> I think a summary would actually be very valuable in this case

Whilst I agree with the weather forcast example, there are some cases 
where a summary being "a brief statement of the main points of the 
contents in the table" do not apply. (Although I did like Tina's 
explaination, I've not seen it stated so simply before.)

A simple example would be a table of contacts, that has headings of 
name, address, phone number, email address etc. The important points 
will vary depending on who you are looking for, so there really isn't a 
summary that is useful, except perhaps describing what order the table 
is organised in.

I guess my point is that I'd rather see summaries in the WCAG as a 
guidelines feature rather than an automated check, given the variety of 

Kind regards,



Alastair Campbell   |   Director of Research & Development

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