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RE: Table Scope=row working with screen reader?

From: Sean Murphy (seanmmur) <seanmmur@cisco.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2018 00:08:40 +0000
To: "tink@tink.uk" <tink@tink.uk>, "Subramanian, Poornima (PCL)" <psubramanian@hagroup.com>, "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <dd34916570284ae894bca3a72ea74198@XCH-RCD-001.cisco.com>
Agreed, you only want to hear the column or row heading based on the navigation as  Léonie outlined.

-----Original Message-----
From: Léonie Watson [mailto:tink@tink.uk] 
Sent: Tuesday, 27 February 2018 8:40 AM
To: Subramanian, Poornima (PCL) <psubramanian@hagroup.com>; w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: Re: Table Scope=row working with screen reader?

On 26/02/2018 21:12, Subramanian, Poornima (PCL) wrote:
> We are coding for a simple table where scope=column and scope=row 
> defined for headers. When checking with screen reader (NVDA, JAWS), 
> both the "row" and "column" headers are not announced together.

I think it's scope="col", not scope="column".

I also wouldn't expect both the row and column headers to be announced at once. When moving vertically up/down a column, the row header should be announced before the content of the cell. When navigating horizontally left/right through a row, I'd expect the column header to be announced before the contents of the cell.

> The 'row headers' are completely skipped. Only the 'column headers' 
> are announced while navigating through table cells.

Do you have some example code and/or an example you can point to?

> Is this a known issue? Any suggestion to fix this?

I've just run a quick test using the following code, and both Jaws and NVDA announce the row and column headers as expected.

<td scope="col">Name</td><td scope="col">Fruit</td> </tr>

<td scope="row">Alice</td><td>Apples</td>

<td scope="row">Bob</td><td>Bananas</td>

Though I'd note that using the <th> element instead of <td scope="..."> is arguably a better idea.

> Appreciate your response!
> Best,
> Poornima
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