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Re: PF Response: @Summary

From: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>
Date: Tue, 7 Jul 2009 13:48:25 +0300
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To: joshue.oconnor@cfit.ie
On Jul 6, 2009, at 20:50, Joshue O Connor wrote:

> Ok, if you look at the following complex table at Gez Lemons site,  
> Juicy
> Studio. [1]
>
> For a suitable @summary overview you could say something like:
>
> <table summary="A complex table of two halves. Firstly, there are 7
> columns with the headings Child Investment, Type, Status, Allocation,
> Total Cost of Ownership, Return on Investment, Net Present Value, with
> their corresponding values in rows beneath them. The table is then
> followed by a column called Property that has two sections of
> sub-headings of Budgeted, Actual and Forecasted with their  
> corresponding
> running cost values for three weekly periods starting from the 12th of
> December 2005 to the 26th">.

> [1} http://juicystudio.com/wcag/tables/complexdatatable.html


I observe that the actual summary looks like this:

> <table summary="Child investment portfolios with budgeted, actual  
> and forecast running costs for particular dates">


It's much shorter, and it's caption-like.

I think this anecdotal case study supports the notion that @summary  
isn't actually used as prescribed--not even by experts.

-- 
Henri Sivonen
hsivonen@iki.fi
http://hsivonen.iki.fi/
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