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Re: will get back to you Re: headers attribute debate

From: Patrick H. Lauke <redux@splintered.co.uk>
Date: Mon, 28 May 2007 19:59:57 +0100
Message-ID: <465B26AD.4050307@splintered.co.uk>
To: HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>
CC: WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>, wai-xtech@w3.org

Preston L. Bannister wrote:
> On 5/28/07, *Al Gilman* <Alfred.S.Gilman@ieee.org 
> <mailto:Alfred.S.Gilman@ieee.org>> wrote:
> 
> 
>     At 6:06 PM -0500 27 05 2007, Laura Carlson wrote:
>      >
>      >Advice from WAI and the PFWG on the potential accessibility impact of
>      >the absence of the headers attribute for HTML 5 would be appreciated.
> 
>     Thank you for this question.
> 
>     Tables have historically been a source of access problems.  We put
>     some features in HTML4 and there is now enough time past to take
>     a fresh look.
> 
> 
> As you say, enough time has gone by - it would be useful to see a brief 
> write up of "lessons-learned" from those folk involved in 
> accessibility.  What works well? What turned out of little value? Where 
> is the greatest gap felt between what we have and what is needed for 
> accessibility?
> 
> Or does such a missive already exist?

With regards to "what works well", headers seem to be the ones best 
supported in current screen readers.

http://www.usability.com.au/resources/tables.cfm

(hence the feeling of some accessibility folks that not having those 
attributes included in the current HTML 5 spec was a bit...premature)

Greatest gap probably is complexity for authors, which authoring tools 
haven't really made much of an attempt at bridging (almost sounds like a 
case for ATAG, I'd say).

P
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