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RE: <tfoot> headers & Accessibility?

From: Jon Hanna <jon@spin.ie>
Date: Fri, 14 Mar 2003 11:30:43 -0000
To: "W3c-Wai-Ig" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

> The other thing I noticed was that your <tfoot> seemed redundant. First of
> all, in your use, they should still be <th> elements instead of
> <td>. Also,
> I've only seen <tfoot> elements used after the <tbody> instead of
> before it
> like your example. I'm not sure there is a benefit to your use
> (right after
> the <thead>) but if I saw the table, I'd probably be confused by the
> redundancy.

Not only is this the only place tfoot is allowed, but one of the points of
introducing it was to enable browsers to maintain structure during
incremental rendering.
<tfoots> generally contain some sort of summary information (e.g subtotals
and totals) about the entire row, and it is hence beneficial to be able to
get that information while waiting for the rest of the table to load
(especially if that information is all you need from the table and you can
then stop the download).
Received on Friday, 14 March 2003 06:27:57 UTC

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