Re: Table accessibility (was Re: headers attribute)

In item 17 of the results: for JAWS 7.1 testing on the

"complex table with th and scope (juicystudio exemple [sic]):
excellent orientational summary precedes caption when table reached;
when navigate from cell to cell, only the top row of headers are
spoken before the cell's content ("B Cell 12 column 3"); when
individual cell is queried, result is: "column 6 row 4 E 3 8 Cell 15"

It is important to note when reading the version of the simply complex
table with th/scope JAWS incorrectly associated the header "3" with
cell 15.

As from the id/headers simlply complex table the headers for cell 15
are only "E' and "8".
with regards

Steve Faulkner
Technical Director - TPG Europe
Director - Web Accessibility Tools Consortium |

On 05/06/07, Gregory J. Rosmaita <> wrote:
> leif halvard silli wrote,
> quote
> >  From
> > <>:
> >
> > New Voice for Table Headers
> >
> > In Microsoft Word and Excel, JAWS now
> > reads row and column headers for tables in a different voice. To
> > change this voice, open the Set Options menu in Configuration
> > Manager and choose Voice Aliases. Select "HeaderVoice" and
> > choose the Modify button.
> unquote
> notice that the voice alias for table headers applies, as stated
> above, to quote Microsoft Word and Excel unquote in versions 6.1x,
> not HTML tables -- here is the pertinent portion of the "fixes
> and improvements to JAWS 8", 8 being the lastest full release,
> followed by similar information about the 7.10 release (which is
> still the most used version of JAWS today, due to the instability
> of JAWS8) - for those of you interested in why so many versions of
> JAWS are in current use, i would advise you to consult the ESW Wiki:
> []
> only someone has vandalized the page, removing all its contents, and
> the wiki won't let me revert to last saved copy (before the vandalism)
> because i don't have administrative priviledges
> CAVEAT: as with all software, but especially assistive technology,
> what the manufacturer claims to have fixed or implemented may not
> be fully functional or reliable -- in other words, EVERY users'
> mileage varies.
> <q
> cite="
> fixes"
> HTML and the Internet
> * Resolved a reported issue where blank lines would appear between
>  bullets and the list items on certain lists when using both IE 6
>  and 7.
> * JAWS does not speak all of the cell information when you enter into
>  another table on the same page while navigating with the TAB key.
> * Unable to navigate tables with the standard table reading commands
>  while in Forms mode.
> * JAWS announces when you move from one frame to another on a Web page
>  when using the TAB and SHIFT+TAB keys.
> * JAWS recognizes both the SPACEBAR and ENTER key as ways to start a
>  Flash Player video.
> * Fixed an issue where JAWS would exit Forms mode when you press ENTER
>  in a multi-line edit field in Internet Explorer. This problem often
>  appeared when entering text into the body of an e-mail message using
>  Yahoo e-mail (
> * JAWS now shows bulleted text in the virtual buffer with FSDOM support.
> * Screen sensitive help (INSERT+F1) is now available for the Page Refresh
>  Filter command. This command is located in the HTML Options dialog in
>  Configuration Manager.
> * JAWS now turns off Forms mode when you exit Internet Explorer while
>  Forms mode is still enabled.
> * The Rely on MSAA option is no longer available in the default
>  configuration file. This eliminates the issue where JAWS would
>  not read some JAWS-related list boxes under the following
>  conditions: Rely on MSAA is checked in the default configuration
>  file and JAWS is running as a service.
> * When the navigation quick key N is pressed on a Web page with a
>  non-link graphic, JAWS now moves to the next non-link block of
>  text instead of the graphic.
> * Resolved an issue for the Florida Division of Blind Services where
>  JAWS would not read the title attribute in a table with editable
>  cells.
> * Fixed a problem where JAWS would read headings twice on an HTML
>  page when navigating with the UP and DOWN ARROW keys.
> * Resolved an issue reported by Microsoft where JAWS was not reading
>  combo boxes on HTML pages.
> * JAWS now correctly reads buttons in both Forms mode and Virtual mode
>  in Internet Explorer.
> * JAWS no longer looses speech when it encounters security dialogs in
>  Internet Explorer.
> * When in Forms mode in Internet Explorer, if a character is deleted
>  from a field, JAWS speaks the recently deleted character instead of
>  the character that the cursor is now focused on. This has been
>  fixed in JAWS 8.0.
> * In Internet Explorer 7 in the Options dialog found under tools,
>  JAWS now reads the full content of the Privacy tab in the
>  Internet Explorer Options dialog when you first open the tabbed
>  page. Previously, JAWS would only announce the setting of the Up
>  Down slider and not the other information on the page. As you
>  change the slider, pressing INSERT+TAB will read all the details
>  for the new setting.
> * Fixed a reported problem where JAWS would crash if you tried to
>  assign an existing placemarker name to a newly created placemarker
>  in Internet Explorer.
> * JAWS can now recognize characters such as German capital umlauts
>  or Russian capital letters when searching for non-English
>  characters in the Internet
> Explorer 7 Virtual Buffer.
> * There is now a description for the Delete Browsing History button,
>  which appears in Internet Explorer 7 when you select the Tools menu,
>  Internet Options command, and then the General tab page.
> * JAWS now reads Hebrew Web pages properly.
> * JAWS now announces detailed information about the Auto Complete
>  Settings button and the Feeds Settings button in Internet Explorer
>  7. Both buttons are located on the Content tab page in the Internet
>  Options dialog.
> * JAWS now reads the Windows Update page as expected.
> * JAWS no longer shows same page links as being visited when the page
>  has not been visited.
> * The for= and id= attributes no longer have to match (for example,
>  lowercase versus mixed case characters) for JAWS to recognize the
>  correct label for a form field. This was an issue in JAWS 7.1.
> </q>
> as for the most commonly used release, 7.10.500, here is the list of
> HTML fixes and new features:
> <q
> cite="
> #Web">
> Improved Performance on the Web
> With the new Internet and HTML support in JAWS 7.10, you will experience
> increased accuracy, improved navigation, and better text recognition when
> reading Web pages or other virtual documents.
> 1. Visible Focus Rectangle
> When you press TAB or SHIFT+TAB to move to links and buttons in Internet
> Explorer and Firefox, the focus rectangle is now visible. This rectangle
> is useful to sighted users because it visually indicates the location of
> the cursor. The focus rectangle does not move when you use the arrow keys
> or Navigation Quick Keys to read.
> 2. Route the Virtual Cursor to the JAWS Cursor
> You can now press INSERT+NUM PAD PLUS in Internet Explorer, Firefox, and
> virtual documents to route the Virtual Cursor to the mouse pointer. Using
> this command moves the Virtual Cursor to the current location of the
> mouse pointer and can help sighted users navigate Web pages. In addition,
> routing the JAWS Cursor to the Virtual Cursor (INSERT+NUM PAD MINUS) is
> much more accurate and moves the mouse pointer to the exact character
> the Virtual Cursor is located on.
> 3. Route the PC Cursor to the Virtual Cursor
> You can now press CTRL+INSERT+DELETE in Internet Explorer, Firefox, and
> virtual documents to route the PC Cursor to the Virtual Cursor. Using
> this command moves the PC Cursor (and the application focus) to the
> current location of the Virtual Cursor. Visually, the page will scroll
> so that the area containing the Virtual Cursor is visible on the screen.
> This command is the opposite of the Route Virtual to PC Cursor command
> 4. One Setting for Controlling Page Refreshes
> There is now only one setting for controlling page refreshes. Previously
> there were two settings, one for controlling page refreshes caused by
> the browser, and another for controlling refreshes caused by embedded
> ActiveX controls, such as Macromedia Flash. These have been consolidated
> into a single option for controlling both since it is often not apparent
> which is causing the page to refresh.
> 5. Improved Detection of Dynamic Page Updates
> Previously, if script code was used on a page to control visibility
> without the user actually interacting with the page, JAWS would not
> detect the page update and would either show content that was not
> really there or not show content which was made visible. This should
> no longer occur.
> 6. Enhanced Screen Tracking
> The screen no longer scrolls up or down erratically while you are using
> the Say All command or navigating by other means. The screen only moves
> when the content about to be read is not visible.
> 7. Document Presentation Mode Line Length
> You can now define how long a single line will be when viewing an HTML
> page in Document Presentation Mode. This can help you read lengthy
> tables easier because all the content from each row in the table can
> fit on a single line. The increased line length stops JAWS from
> rendering rows across multiple lines.
> When you exit Document Presentation Mode, JAWS will render the page
> using the normal maximum line length. The default line length in
> Document Presentation Mode is 400 characters, which is enough to fit
> most table rows on one line. To change the line length, open the
> Utilities menu and choose Configuration Manager. Then, open the Set
> Options menu and choose HTML Options. Enter a new line length in the
> Document Presentation Mode Maximum Line Length edit box located on
> the Text tab.
> </q>
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