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side by side text

From: Leonard R. Kasday <kasday@acm.org>
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2000 13:18:07 -0400
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To: w3c-wai-er-ig@w3.org
A number of guidelines require workarounds "until user agents" do certain 
things.  For example
in http://www.w3.org/WAI/Resources/WAI-UA-Support it says

Checkpoint 10.3
Checkpoint text:
Until user agents (including assistive technologies) render side-by-side 
text correctly, provide a linear text alternative (on the current page or 
some other) for all tables that lay out text in parallel, word-wrapped columns.
Status: IBM's Home Page Reader in combination with Netscape Navigator (4.5, 
Win98) and Henter Joyce's JAWS in combination with Microsoft Internet 
Explorer (4.0 and higher, Win98) are instances of a browser and assistive 
technology combination that can linearize a table. Opera (3.6, Win98) 
allows a user to linearize tables. Lynx (2.81, Unix) renders tables by row. 
Silas' Gateway and other tools being developed by the ER Working Group 
[ER-IG] allow users to linearize tables. However, only Microsoft Internet 
Explorer (4.0 and higher, Win98) with HelpDB and WWW with EmacsSpeak allow 
a user to navigate within and between the cells of a table.

Does this mean that we no longer need at linear text alternative?


Leonard R. Kasday, Ph.D.
Institute on Disabilities/UAP and Dept. of Electrical Engineering at Temple 
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