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From: Jonathan <jonathanmetz@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 17:06:45 -0400
Message-ID: <CAGNFUQvbu9mr6iYzG_LJnnssgZ-KAPxjxo9t2ru+fcOQGx=GaQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: "EOWG (E-mail)" <w3c-wai-eo@w3.org>
Hi everyone,

I tried to meet with Wayne offline to discuss this, but it seems like
schedules didn't work out. I wanted to make a comment to the wiki, but for
whatever reason, it's not letting me log in. Therefore I am sending the
information here for your perusal instead.

My recommendations regarding the table tutorial icon alt text:

*Basic Table: *Example using only a row of header cells on top

*Multi-Directional: *Example showing header cells in BOTH a row AND a column

*Irregular:*Example of header cells on multiple rows

*Multi-Level: *"Complex Table" containing headers in multiple locations

*Caption/Summary:*Example of text related to the table beneath it


   - I tried to avoid words like picture, icon, etc., but I felt it was
   important to point out that these are *examples*. Sometimes graphics can
   be perceived as concrete depictions of how something *should* appear.
   For example, a table with a row of headers might be misidentified as
   another kind of table since our graphic that describes a "Basic Table"
   appears to depict where the location of headers will be. Classifying
   content as an 'example' provides context of an instance, not to be confused
   with a 'map'.

   - For complex tables, I felt it was important to wrap those words in
   quotation marks to show the relationship between the two words as a label.
   A complex table can be an esoteric concept because if one can't understand
   how the information in the table relates to each other, it might just be
   complex to that user. However, a Complex Table is actually label that we
   give to tables that has a specific meaning to them. Therefore the term
   'Complex' is more than just an adjective describing a noun, it works like a
   heading, or definable term.

   - I capitalized some words because being able to identify emphasis in a
   text only scenario (i.e. alt text) can be difficult. Personally, it's
   easier if information that is important is presented up front and at the
   end of a statement, but sometimes it's important to emphasize other
   important related content separately so as to not confuse me.
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