<table summary> and <td headers> (was: Re: <font> (was Support Existing Content))

On Wed, 02 May 2007 10:15:19 +0200, Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi> wrote:
>> Accessibility experts, among others are flipping out. Taking out  
>> headers and summary? I mean come on...
> It would help if the accessibility experts explained how existing AT  
> make use of headers and summary (including documenting the processing  
> models for headers used by real AT). Once it has been established how  
> existing AT supports these features, it would be helpful to establish  
> how authors use them.

Indeed. At least summary= is often abused by authors: "Table used for  
layout", "Grid of 3 by 2 cells", etc. Given how determining cell headers  
is defined I wonder about use cases for headers=.

> (Some things may seem obvious to accessibility experts. They may not  
> seem obvious to other people. The accessibility experts need to explain  
> to others how this stuff is really used. Just saying that it is needed  
> for accessibility and expecting everyone to nod in agreement because  
> accessibility is good is not sufficient when we need to spec processing  
> models.)

Anne van Kesteren

Received on Wednesday, 2 May 2007 08:27:22 UTC