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Re: Layout Tables With Summary Attributes

From: J. Albert Bowden <jalbertbowden@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2014 11:37:51 -0500
Message-ID: <CAPVQ3_f-5MNazDwaRaHNkoYJA+5GZF66K8EddJTHObkaLQjj7A@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Bourne, Sarah (ITD)" <sarah.bourne@state.ma.us>
Cc: "Homme, James" <james.homme@highmark.com>, "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
pretty sure summary attribute is deprecated
i use caption element instead
if u search for perishable press table template he does a superb breakdown
of how/why/why not of building tables
albert

On Friday, February 21, 2014, Bourne, Sarah (ITD) <sarah.bourne@state.ma.us>
wrote:

> Jim,
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> See H73: Using the summary attribute of the table element to give an
> overview of data tables <http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20-TECHS/H73>
>
> "Although WCAG 2 does not prohibit the use of layout tables, CSS-based
> layouts are recommended in order to retain the defined semantic meaning of
> the HTML table elements and to conform to the coding practice of separating
> presentation from content. However, if a layout table is used, then the
> summary attribute is not used or is null. The purpose of a layout table is
> simply to control the placement of content; the table itself is
> "transparent" to the user. A summary would "break" this transparency by
> calling attention to the table. A null summary ( summary="") on layout
> tables is acceptable."
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>
> sb
>
> Sarah E. Bourne
> Director of Assistive Technology
> Information Technology Division
> Commonwealth of Massachusetts
> 1 Ashburton Pl. rm 1601 Boston MA 02108
> 617-626-4502
> sarah.bourne@state.ma.us<javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','sarah.bourne@state.ma.us');>
> http://www.mass.gov/itd
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> *From:* Homme, James [mailto:james.homme@highmark.com<javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','james.homme@highmark.com');>]
>
> *Sent:* Friday, February 21, 2014 10:33 AM
> *To:* w3c-wai-ig@w3.org<javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','w3c-wai-ig@w3.org');>
> *Subject:* Layout Tables With Summary Attributes
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>
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> Hi,
>
> These are certainly usability issues, because people with screen readers
> have to listen to the extra content, and summary attributes fake screen
> readers into thinking that layout tables are data tables. Are they
> technically violating anything in the guidelines?
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> Thanks.
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> Jim
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