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Re: Layout Tables vs. Style Sheets

From: <james.homme@highmark.com>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2008 10:52:16 -0400
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
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>From my point of view as a totally blind user, not speaking for any other
totally blind user, I don't care if you use layout tables unless either my
screen reader detects them or you use the summary attribute on them and
tell me that they are layout tables. What I'm not absolutely sure of is
this. If you use layout tables, I would think that if you use percentages
in your width and height values, you will help people with low vision who
need to make the text bigger. I'm not sure what would happen to the layout
if they tried to enlarge the text too big to fit into the table cells. You
would also need to use font measure units that are not absolute. As a
developer, I would want to be able to use CSS for layout because it means
less work for me if I have to change the layout.


James D Homme, Usability Engineering, Highmark Inc.,
james.homme@highmark.com, 412-544-1810

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             "Jens Meiert"                                                 
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             w3c-wai-ig-reques         "Patti Burke-Lund"                  
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             10/07/2008 10:31                                      Subject 
             AM                        Re: Layout Tables vs. Style Sheets  

> I was wondering if anyone could share their insight with regard to layout
> tables and accessibility,

Layout tables do not necessarily (!) mean accessibility problems, they

* mean markup used the wrong way (referring to semantics),
* impose specific maintenance problems, and
* impair performance (as yet more appropriate alternatives usually use
less characters).

Jens Meiert
Received on Tuesday, 7 October 2008 14:53:14 UTC

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