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[Bug 13137] New: HTML 5 table spec tables samples contain no ARIA markup example.

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Date: Tue, 05 Jul 2011 10:19:56 +0000
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           Summary: HTML 5 table spec tables samples contain no ARIA
                    markup example.
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: PC
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P3
         Component: HTML5 spec (editor: Ian Hickson)
        AssignedTo: ian@hixie.ch
        ReportedBy: joshue.oconnor@cfit.ie
         QAContact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: mike@w3.org, public-html-wg-issue-tracking@w3.org,

The HTML 5 tables examples in the spec contain no ARIA examples. Examples of
accessible tables using ARIA include the use of inline IDREFs which can be
programmatically referenced using aria-describedby. [1]

For example, an inline prose description of the table may be included within
the body text of a document and referenced using aria-describedby.

<p>Let us look at both the positive and negative aspects of mood. <span
id=”inline_desc”>In the following table, characteristics are given in the
column, with the negative side in the left column and the positive
side in the right column</span>. This will help to give an overview of both
positve and negative expressions of mood.</p>

 <caption>Characteristics with positive and negative sides</caption>
   <th id="n"> Negative
   <th> Characteristic
   <th> Positive
   <td headers="n r1"> Sad
   <th id="r1"> Mood
   <td> Happy
   <td headers="n r2"> Failing
   <th id="r2"> Grade
   <td> Passing

The above example is rather simplistic as the IDREF could be anywhere within a
page and embedded within a <span>, or <div> or any other semantically neutral
element, but is illustrative of the ability to reference this IDREF by
Assistive Technology that supports ARIA which will help to make the table more
understandable by a wider audience. 

[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/2011/WD-html5-20110525/tabular-data.html#tabular-data

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