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Re: data table markup - minimal OK or need to specify headers?

From: Terrence Wood <tdw@funkive.com>
Date: Fri, 3 Feb 2006 10:22:07 +1300 (NZDT)
Message-ID: <7269.202.36.173.34.1138915327.squirrel@webmail.funkive.com>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

Hi Rebecca,

I have been working with the Treasury for the past 5 months or so on this
very issue. We have developed some strategies and tools (extensions for
DWMX) that address accessibility of complex financial tables in HTML.

We believe we have developed a solution that achieves a high level of
accessibility but also provides a cost effective solution for content
authors: The approach is systematic so it scales well to most complex
tables without too much cognitative load (i.e. they don't have to think
about it) for the author, and most aspects are automated and so can be
incorporated into larger automated processes. We have also test our
solutions with screenreader users - testing carried out by AccEase.

In addition to the above, we have provided plenty of hooks for
presentational and interactive purposes (e.g. indivdual cell magnification
with associated headers on hover)

The Treasury will be releasing it's findings to the whole of government Q1
2006.

Contact me directly should you require any additional information in the
interim.



Rebecca Cox said:
> http://www.reb.net.nz/tables/table1.html
Not enough information, rowgroup headings (e.g. Revenue) are not carried
through.

> http://www.reb.net.nz/tables/table2.html
This is OK.

> http://www.reb.net.nz/tables/table3.html
This is OK for a one-off situation, but appears to require quite a lot of
manual coding.

I have sent you a mrakup sample off-list.
-- 
Terrence Wood
Received on Thursday, 2 February 2006 21:22:37 GMT

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