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Re: How to make complex data tables more accessible to screen-reader users

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Mon, 6 Jul 2009 03:08:49 +0000 (UTC)
To: Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>
Cc: public-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0907052120440.1060@hixie.dreamhostps.com>
On Sun, 5 Jul 2009, Lachlan Hunt wrote:
> 
> Personally, I don't support the idea of combining the summary and 
> caption together because their content and purpose are different, and so 
> I don't think the spec should encourage it as the preferred solution. 
> But I am also strongly opposed to pretending that summary="" is even a 
> remotely acceptable solution, at least without any empirical data 
> demonstrating that it is.  I think the other solutions described for 
> including explanatory text in the surrounding prose are acceptable and 
> should be encouraged instead.

I've updated the spec to encourage describing the table in general and 
showing a variety of doing so.

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