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Re: Comparison of Smart Headers and HTML5 (ACTION-85)

From: Ben Millard <cerbera@projectcerbera.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2008 07:17:35 -0000
Message-ID: <708CD74A05BC45AB86418B0900DE12EB@ben9xr3up2lv7v>
To: "Aaron M Leventhal" <aleventh@us.ibm.com>
Cc: "HTMLWG" <public-html@w3.org>, "WAI-XTECH" <wai-xtech@w3.org>

Aaron M Leventhal wrote:
> 2. The larger part of algorithm is upside down for our needs. [...] 
> Typically an AT will want to know what labels or headers to present to a 
> user when a user navigates to a cell.

The result is that header cells are assigned to data cells. Here's a few 
quotes from it which (hopefully) make that result clearer:

Each data cell can be assigned zero or more header cells.

1.6 Assign the header cell to all the data cells in the data cells list 

2.3.2 If there is a header cell [...], then assign the first such header 
cell in tree order to the data cell.

The way I see it:

1. The current algorithm runs through the <table> once to find all the 
2. The UA stores them in the relevant accessibility API properties.
3. A user interacts with a cell via an AT.
4. The AT uses what has been stored in the API for that cell.
5. The AT may apply verbosity control, announcements, re-ordering and other 
adaptations to improve the user experience.

In this way, the relationships are stored rather than queried on-demand. Do 
you think that's a good thing? Avoiding repetitive queries between AT and UA 
seems like a good thing to me, since a user can move between table cells 

Ben Millard
Received on Saturday, 6 December 2008 07:18:46 UTC

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