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Re: H63: Why td for header cells?

From: Loretta Guarino Reid <lorettaguarino@google.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Nov 2009 14:46:49 -0800
Message-ID: <824e742c0911201446q3a9f869dn97c287cb147ddd1e@mail.gmail.com>
To: Makoto Ueki <makoto.ueki@gmail.com>
Cc: public-comments-wcag20@w3.org
On Tue, Sep 1, 2009 at 8:51 AM, <makoto.ueki@gmail.com> wrote:

> Name: Makoto Ueki
> Email: makoto.ueki@gmail.com
> Affiliation: Infoaxia, Inc.
> Document: TD
> Item Number: H63
> Part of Item: Examples
> Comment Type: technical
> Summary of Issue: H63: Why td for header cells?
> Comment (Including rationale for any proposed change):
> It is obvious that cells in 1st row(Name, Phone#, Fax#, City) are column
> headers as they don't present any data. Why do you use td instead of th for
> them? This is not semantic. Plus, readers  would misunderstand that scope
> attribute is not supported by major screen readers including JAWS.
> Proposed Change:
> The following cells should be marked up with th:
> - Cells in 1st row(Name, Phone#, Fax#, City)
> - Cells in 1st colomn(Colleague, Friend)
> - Cells in 2nd column(Clive Lloyd, Gordon Greenidge, Joel Garner, Stephanie
> Wen)
> This is semantic and JAWS will be able to present each data cell
> associating headers.
Response from the Working Group
Technically, the presence of the scope attribute should be enough to signal
assistive technologies that these are header cells. However, we agree that
using <th> in this case is more appropriate and will revise the example to
use <th> for cells that have the scope attribute.

Loretta Guarino Reid, WCAG WG Co-Chair
Gregg Vanderheiden, WCAG WG Co-Chair
Michael Cooper, WCAG WG Staff Contact

On behalf of the WCAG Working Group
Received on Friday, 20 November 2009 22:47:27 UTC

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