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RE: Tables for layout

From: Gary Williamson <Gary.Williamson@manchester.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2007 15:16:54 +0100
To: "Duke Gledhill" <d.gledhill@hud.ac.uk> , "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20070711151654734.00000004084@aiss-007-156>

You can't REALLY say that tables are not accessible per-se. You can design a simple page using tables that is accessible if it can be read in a linear way, left to right - top to bottom. I think the problem is that this is difficult to achieve when a page becomes more imaginative - maybe the EdExcel web page projects are simple enough for them to get away with it - I don't think I'd teach it as good practice though! If you design pages using tables you miss out/lag behind on the opportunity to use CSS which is no doubt the future.


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From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Duke Gledhill
Sent: 11 July 2007 14:58
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: Tables for layout


This is my first post here, I hope you can all help.

I teach web programming at university at we teach the importance of
accessibility and not using tables for layout etc

However I have just had a school visit for the day and while discussing
this the teacher explained that the EdExcel guidelines promote the use
of tables for layout. I don't suppose anyone can confirm this? And if it
is true what are peoples thoughts?


"Before doors, the outdoors was just called home"
Duke Gledhill
Senior Lecturer - Multimedia
University of Huddersfield
01484 472758


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