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Re: Complex table with headings (h3, h4 etc.) to group data rows

From: Steve Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 9 Oct 2013 15:05:32 +0100
Message-ID: <CA+ri+VkqVxMq01ENvSTbnhx3V30Rf=fm5CQT=89Mrj2WS7jG2g@mail.gmail.com>
To: Sailesh Panchang <spanchang02@yahoo.com>
Cc: "w3c-wai-gl@w3.org" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Hi all, note I don't think this use of Hx elements is appropriate (in
HTML5) at least as a heading implies a new section [1]




HTML 5.1 <http://www.w3.org/html/wg/drafts/html/master/>

On 8 October 2013 18:07, Sailesh Panchang <spanchang02@yahoo.com> wrote:

> Refer to table#2 on this page:
> http://mars.dequecloud.com/demo/Census_2013.htm
> Well if one is arrowing down a column # 2or subsequent column, the screen
> reader does announce the group header because it is a TH cell./ (this is in
> response to Josh's question during the call).
> Use of h<n> tags in a data table is valid code, it exposes structure of
> the grouping within the table, allows users to jump to the section of
> interest and then navigate the table and have only row header  to its left
> and column headers announced. This reduces verbosity. Yet one can press
> JAWS+T and have nearest heading announced ... a technique that is accepted
> for determining context of a link. So one can use the same technique to
> understand  context in terms of group headers. (Only JAWS  supports H80)
> Also one navigates a page and determines structure by multiple methods:
> landmarks, headings, tables, lists, forms etc. and not just heading
> navigation. So if this method is used to code complex tables, users will be
> able to figure that out.
> Also a single level of headings (styled as needed)  should be used in the
> table ... the method may not be appropriate if one needs to use more than
> one level of headings.
> It is a non "standard" method that is valid code and AT supported.
> I believe it is an alternative technique to headers-id when one chooses
> not to use headers-id for whatever reason.
> Thanks and regards,
> Sailesh Panchang
Received on Wednesday, 9 October 2013 14:06:40 UTC

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