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Re: Layout Tables vs. Style Sheets

From: Harry Loots <harry.loots@ieee.org>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2008 14:50:10 +0100
To: "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-Id: <20081007135010.M58808@ieee.org>

WCAG 1.0 became an official recommendation in May 1999, containing the
following guideline: 

Guideline 5.  Create tables that transform gracefully.
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Ensure that tables have necessary markup to be transformed by accessible
browsers and other user agents.

Tables should be used to mark up truly tabular information ("data tables").
Content developers should avoid using them to lay out pages ("layout tables").
Tables for any use also present special problems to users of screen readers
(refer to checkpoint 10.3).


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---------- Original Message -----------
From: David Dorward <david@dorward.me.uk>
To: "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Tue, 07 Oct 2008 14:37:33 +0100
Subject: Re: Layout Tables vs. Style Sheets

> Patti Burke-Lund wrote:
> >
> > I was wondering if anyone could share their insight with regard to
> > layout tables and accessibility, as well as when the switch occurred
> > from layout tables to CSS (i.e., how many years this has been a
> > recommended practice).  Any thoughts are greatly appreciated, as they
> > will be added to our class discussion board with proper credit given
> > as “guest speakers.”
> >
> The classic document on the subject for managers appears to have cropped
> up in late 2003 ...
> http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.hotdesign.com/seybold/
> I'd assume that would be a few years after web developers at the
> standards end of the curve started to pick up on them, which corresponds
> to when I vaguely remember making the switch (although I was a hobbiest
> at the time).
> So I'd say its been recommended and practical since around the turn 
> of the century.
> -- 
> David Dorward
> http://dorward.me.uk/
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