Rationale for removing the summary and headers attributes from tables?

While reading the HTML 5 Working Draft I noticed that two attributes  
that can be used to increase the accessibility of data tables in HTML  
4 have been removed. The attributes are the table element's "summary"  
attribute and the td element's "headers" attribute.

What is the rationale for removing those attributes?

I have discussed this with a couple of Web accessibility experts who  
were surprised by it, since both attributes can be very useful. Has  
accessibility been considered before removing the attributes? What is  
needed to bring them back in?



Received on Tuesday, 1 May 2007 07:57:18 UTC