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Re: Screen reader question: data table documentation

From: Patrick Burke <burke@ucla.edu>
Date: Thu, 04 Jan 2001 13:16:51 -0800
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To: Reidy Brown <rbrown@blackboard.com>, "'w3c-wai-ig@w3.org'" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Hi Reidy,

Jaws won't read the table as described automatically, but the header & cell 
information can be obtained with the CONTROL+ALT+Numericpad5 keystroke.

Keeper of the secret hidden command list :)

At 11:56 AM 1/4/01, Reidy Brown wrote:
>I'm trying to implement WAIS 5.1 (For data tables, identify row and column
>headers) as shown on the WAI site:
>Jaws 3.7 doesn't read the headers in their sample code:
>          <TH id="header1">Name</TH>
>          <TH id="header2">Cups</TH>
>          <TH id="header3" abbr="Type">Type of  Coffee</TH>
>          <TH id="header4">Sugar?</TH>
>      <TR>
>          <TD headers="header1">T. Sexton</TD>
>          <TD headers="header2">10</TD>
>          <TD headers="header3">Espresso</TD>
>          <TD headers="header4">No</TD>
>It will read a table summary, but doesn't associate the header with the data
>cell it corresponds to. (Or I'm not configuring it properly.)
>Here's how the WAI says it should be read:
>Caption: Cups of coffee consumed by each senator
>   Summary: This table charts the number of cups of coffee
>            consumed by each senator, the type of coffee
>           (decaf or regular), and whether taken with sugar.
>   Name: T. Sexton, Cups: 10, Type: Espresso, Sugar: No
>   Name: J. Dinnen, Cups: 5, Type: Decaf, Sugar: Yes
>Can anyone recommend a different screen reader to test this on? Is there any
>screen reader that supports this yet? I can't implement this until I find a
>way to test it.
>Reidy Brown
>Accessibility Coordinator/
>Software Engineer
>Blackboard, Inc.
>1899 L. St., NW, 5th Floor
>Washington, DC 20036
>(202) 463-4860 x236
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