Re: <table summary> and <td headers>

Anne van Kesteren wrote:
> On Wed, 02 May 2007 21:14:27 +0200, Roger Johansson 
> <> wrote:
>> On 2 maj 2007, at 10.27, Anne van Kesteren wrote:
>>> Indeed. At least summary= is often abused by authors: "Table used for 
>>> layout", "Grid of 3 by 2 cells", etc.
>> If "abused by authors" is a valid criterion for removing an attribute 
>> or element, writing the HTML 5 spec should take no more than a couple 
>> of hours.
> I meant misunderstood. I believe another reason was that the use case 
> was not particularly clear. Since HTML5 is not really based on HTML4 
> it's not really about dropping attributes, but rather adding attributes 
> for good reason. I don't think such a reason was found for summary=. 
> Tables haven't been debated much though.

A number of the examples offered for headers previously [1] are also
applicable as use cases for summary, since the use case for summary
often is to describe tables with a "complex structure (for example, when
there are several sets of row or column headers, or when there are
multiple groups of columns or rows)". [2]  (See also [3]).

In particular are these examples:

As summary is used currently as an accessibility aid, and it does have 
an installed base of screen readers that support the attribute, I would 
suggest it be included in the HTML5 spec.


Bill Mason
Accessible Internet

Received on Thursday, 3 May 2007 04:18:38 UTC