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Re: Heuristic Tests for Data Tables (Discussion)

From: Leif Halvard Silli <lhs@malform.no>
Date: Thu, 06 Sep 2007 11:54:29 +0200
Message-ID: <35975dbda048537b6ff53ccd0a038ed9@10013.local>
To: James Graham <jg307@cam.ac.uk>
Cc: Robert Burns <rob@robburns.com>, "Ben 'Cerbera' Millard" <cerbera@projectcerbera.com>, Philip Taylor <philip@zaynar.demon.co.uk>, HTMLWG <public-html@w3.org>

2007-09-04 19:43:00 +0200 James Graham <jg307@cam.ac.uk> wrote:

[  demoing the table algorithms  ]

>>>>> There's some very early work on this available at [1] (only the HTML4 
>>>>> algorithms are currently implemented). Due to a bug in a html5lib 
>>>>> serializer badness occurs when you give it a page containing more than 
>>>>> one table. I also haven't checked that it's giving the correct results 
>>>>> in almost any cases. However if you want to report bugs feel free.
>>>> This now also has some work on the algorithm from the HTML 5 spec, with 
>>>> similar caveats as before i.e. it is hideously under tested.

This tool is invaluable. But, unfortunatly, JAWS and other assistive technology users are not able to test the differentces between the algorithms.  And thus they do not get to give feedback on what might be useful for them.

Would it be possible to update the tool so that it could work for such tools as well?

I belive for such testing, the relationships of each algorithm should be *hardcoded* via the headers="" attribute. (The idea is to test the user experiences - and not to test how good AT software we have.)

So, in essence, could the tool be updated to insert the headers="" attribute on every cell which, according to each of the tested algorithms, have any headers-cell relationship?
leif halvard silli
Received on Thursday, 6 September 2007 09:55:49 UTC

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