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Re: Test whether all th Elements have scope attribute misleading

From: Loretta Guarino Reid <lorettaguarino@google.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2011 16:30:02 -0700
Message-ID: <AANLkTi=p8cR8UYZ-E_e1bEhMuKo63rYRiXPd6jZwrx9M@mail.gmail.com>
To: fischer@dias.de
Cc: public-comments-wcag20@w3.org
On Thu, Jan 6, 2011 at 12:26 AM, <noreply@w3.org> wrote:

> Name: Detlev Fischer
> Email: fischer@dias.de
> Affiliation: DIAS GmbH
> Document: TD
> Item Number: H63
> Part of Item: Tests
> Comment Type: general comment
> Summary of Issue: Test whether all th Elements have scope attribute
> misleading
> Comment (Including rationale for any proposed change):
> The test prescribes in
> 1. Check that all th elements have a scope attribute.
> The scope attribute, however, is only necessary for complex data tables,
> the test gives the impression that it must be present in every th element.
> Proposed Change:
> Qualify the test by expressing ast the outset that it applies to complext
> data tables only, i.e.:
> "For complex data tables where the relationship between heading cells and
> content cells must be explicitly specified because the table uses
> hierarchical headings or headings apply to multiple columms or rows
> (colgroup, rowgroup):"
> ================================
Response from the Working Group
There seems to be common misconception that techniques are required.
Techniques are simply ways of meeting particular success criteria.

You do not have to use this technique. But if you use this technique (which
is “using the scope attribute…”) then you would in fact have to use the
scope attribute or else you would not be using the technique.

We are modifying the description of this technique to indicate that the
scope attribute is used for complex tables.

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 Wednesday, 23 March 2011 23:30:35 UTC

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