Re: My final attempt on explanation (was RE: [DRAFT] Heartbeat poll - update 2)

On 04/08/2009, Jeff Schiller <> wrote:
> Actually I thought the case is made that it is structural/spatial
> nature of the table that is supposed to be included in @summary:
> <table summary="Rows contain destinations, traveling dates, and grand
> total. Columns contain expense category and total. The first column
> contains merged table cells.">

Reading that summary, I don't understand two things:

How can rows contain one thing, but columns contain something else?

Assuming that the summary attribute contained an understandable
structural/spatial description of the table, wouldn't a screen reader
user understand that anyway once they have a mental map of the table?
In the same way a screen user will not understand a table until they
have formed a mental map of it.


Received on Tuesday, 4 August 2009 13:51:13 UTC