Re: Accessibility of federal statistical tables


In Guideline 3, the WCAG 1.0 text uses PRE in an explicit counter-example:
Furthermore, using presentation markup rather than structural markup to
convey structure (e.g., constructing what looks like a table of data with an
HTML PRE element) makes it difficult to render a page intelligibly to other

And then, in the text of Guideline 5 one reads:  <Q>Tables should be used to
mark up truly tabular information ("data tables").</Q>

I could not, however, find a specific checkpoint that addresses this issue!

I understand that JAWS is better understanding this formatting than some
competing screen reading products.

Message-Id: <sa6d3d47.067@MAIL.NYSED.GOV>
Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2001 08:13:33 -0500
From: "Steven McCaffrey" <SMCCAFFR@MAIL.NYSED.GOV>
To: <>
Subject: Accessibility of federal statistical tables


     I decided to check the accessibility of federal statistical tables.
Does anyone have any thoughts on the format used in, as just one example,
Per capita income table (ESBR) 
Any comments?
Note: As noted before, I am using JFW 3.31 and don't have the latest table
handling commands so I can't comment on whether tables like this one can be
traversed cell by cell.  
It seems to be fairly accessible assuming I am interpreting the table
correctly.  Apparently the first column is per capita income for the year
1999, then there are columns from Jun to Nov 2000.  If I count columns, I
can figure out what column a given dollar amount falls under.

Just curious,


Received on Tuesday, 23 January 2001 12:39:57 UTC