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Re: PF Response: @Summary

From: Janina Sajka <janina@rednote.net>
Date: Tue, 7 Jul 2009 08:55:20 -0400
To: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>
Cc: joshue.oconnor@cfit.ie, Jim Jewett <jimjjewett@gmail.com>, Laura Carlson <laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com>, Janina Sajka <janina@rednote.net>, Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>, Michael Cooper <cooper@w3.org>, W3C WAI Protocols & Formats <w3c-wai-pf@w3.org>, Gez Lemon <gez.lemon@gmail.com>, "wai-liaison@w3.org" <wai-liaison@w3.org>, John Foliot <jfoliot@stanford.edu>, www-archive <www-archive@w3.org>, HTML WG Public List <public-html@w3.org>
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Henri Sivonen writes:
> 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.
>
And it makes an inadequate summary,k though it would make a great
caption.

Please notice that your "caption" text says nothing about how the data
is structured. That's important, very important. Jo;sh's summary has
that information. Your caption does not.

Is anyone getting it yet?


Janina

> 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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