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Re: aria-label usage in table cells

From: Sailesh Panchang <sailesh.panchang@deque.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2014 10:53:57 -0400
Message-ID: <CAJi9Cqp1PLhS4Csoy=UV5pcR2XnboiSPn4L3As4h19X8yrJsSw@mail.gmail.com>
To: WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Hi Devarshi,
Pardon me if I have not fully understood the example. Yet I'll take a shot.
Consider using  off-screen text with CSS within the TD in place of the
title attributes to provide access to whatever text you want the
screen reader user to get to. This pre-supposes other user groups do
not have problems in getting to the content of the table cell. I also
note the use of a headers attribute with a single value in it ...
Sailesh Panchang

On 6/17/14, Devarshi Pant <devarshipant@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Olaf,
> The two title attributes inside the <TD> compliment the static text, even
> though they don't serve the purpose of passing on the info to a screen
> reader. Yes, there is some degree of duplication but I believe the intent
> (by a well-meaning developer) here is to tie in the 'process step' with its
> color indicator, 'case is in diary' etc...
> -devarshi
> On Jun 17, 2014 5:16 PM, "Olaf Drümmer" <olaflist@callassoftware.com>
> wrote:
>> Hi Devarshi,
>> aren't you simply duplicating information? The value of the title
>>  attribute just repeats what is defined by the TD content and the
>> associated TH cell content.
>> Olaf
>> On 17 Jun 2014, at 22:23, Devarshi Pant <devarshipant@gmail.com> wrote:
>> > I am testing a data table with static text in <TD> followed by a red
>> color text indicator. For some reason, our developers have used title
>> attributes on <td> in hopes of making the info accessible, not knowing
>> that
>> title attributes will be voiced (at least by JAWS when properly
>> configured)
>> on links, form controls, images, etc., but not on static text. Here is an
>> example code:
>> > <TD title="Process Step of xxxxxxx is DETERMINATION REVIEW"
>> headers=processStepHdr align=middle>DETERMINATION REVIEW <FONT
>> class=pending title="This case is in Diary.">D</FONT> </TD>
>> > JAWS 13 [IE8] announces "Determination review D"
>> > A few things like the deprecated font tag and an over dependence on
>> title attributes may be an affront to some, but that's how it is. My
>> question is: can aria-label attribute or any other technique be used to
>> convey an updated value / indicator (case in diary; not in diary, etc.)
>> within a data cell without changing the look and feel?
>> > Thanks,
>> > Devarshi
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