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Re: User agent support of SUMMARY attribute in tables

From: Steven McCaffrey <smccaffr@MAIL.NYSED.GOV>
Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2003 15:23:38 -0500
Message-Id: <se2eb78d.007@MAIL.NYSED.GOV>
To: <poehlman1@comcast.net>, <pjenkins@us.ibm.com>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

Hi all:

My interpretation of,

"5.5 Provide summaries for tables. [Priority 3] For example, in HTML, use the "summary" attribute of the TABLE element." 
has three parts.

First, it has lowest priority, priority 3 so only important if you are trying for AAA (triple A).
Second, since there is no qualifier before "tables" I assume the text that follows applies to all tables, data and layout.
Thirdly, it just says summary attribute is an example if using HTML, presumably allowing non-html ways to provide a summary (is there a CSS way to do this?) 
What 5.5  requires  is a summary.
I interpret "For example, in HTML" 
as implying "if not using HTML, a different example applies".
If using HTML, then use the summary attribute as the mechanism for providing the summary.
So, in my opinion, Bobby or any accessibility tool using 5.5 as written above should flag any table using HTML to give a summary that does not have a summary attribute.
I'll have to check the techniques document to see if any other HTML method other than the summary attribute is given and what non-HTML examples there might be.

Just my 2 cents,

Received on Wednesday, 22 January 2003 15:25:41 UTC

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