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multi-col table layout Fwd: accessible tables

From: Chaals Nevile <chaals@yandex.ru>
Date: Mon, 07 May 2018 09:43:07 +0200
To: www-style@w3.org
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This request comes from accessibility requirements for presenting a table,  
and when I was playing around with it there seems no way to break up a  
table over two or more columns, as described below.

As far as I can tell the right place to handle this is CSS rather than  
HTML (although it may be in the intersection) and being a feature request  
for tables I have a nasty suspicion it is not trivially easy, but asking  
seems worthwhile.

Any thoughts to offer?

(The alternative is to make a JS library to draw the table and decorate it  
with aria and so on, which as far as I can see is entirely feasible but  
kind of frustrating...)



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From: "Michael A. Peters" <mpeters@domblogger.net>
To: "WAI Interest Group" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Subject: accessible tables
Date: Fri, 04 May 2018 22:21:27 +0200


I am sure this is covered somewhere, but I just can not find where.

Tabular data, 9 pairs of key = value data. But the table cell contents
are short, so instead of just two columns I want to do four columns
where the third is a continuation of the first and the fourth is a
continuation of the third, e.g.

[ caption of the table]
[ key ] [ value ] [ key ] [ value ]
001     first     006     sixth
002     second    007     seventh
003     third     008     eighth
004     fourth    009     tenth
005     fifth

Is there a way to mark that up so screen readers will read them as pairs
in the order 001 to 009 in order?

I can't be the first to have needed this.

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