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RE: Question about SC 1.3.1 for caption in HTML 5 table

From: Andrew Kirkpatrick <akirkpat@adobe.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Apr 2013 09:59:15 -0700
To: "jon.avila@ssbbartgroup.com" <jon.avila@ssbbartgroup.com>, Rabab Gomaa <Rabab.Gomaa@inspection.gc.ca>, "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
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Rabab,
My personal opinion that what Jon said is correct.
You asked for a response from the WCAG working group, but the way to get that response is to submit a public comment directly.  Information on how to do this is available at http://www.w3.org/WAI/WCAG20/comments/
Thanks,
AWK
From: Jonathan Avila [mailto:jon.avila@ssbbartgroup.com]
Sent: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 10:32 AM
To: Rabab Gomaa; w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: RE: Question about SC 1.3.1 for caption in HTML 5 table


>  WCAG success criterion 1.3.1 requires caption or summary for tables. Summary is obsolete in HTML 5.
My read of WCAG indicates caption elements are only required when a caption is visibly present.  Thus, it requires associate of caption text with the table only when caption type content is present.
Jonathan

From: Rabab Gomaa [mailto:Rabab.Gomaa@inspection.gc.ca<mailto:Rabab.Gomaa@inspection.gc.ca>]
Sent: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 10:07 AM
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org<mailto:w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Subject: Question about SC 1.3.1 for caption in HTML 5 table

Hello,

We have many tables on the website with no captions.
WCAG success criterion 1.3.1 requires caption or summary for tables. Summary is obsolete in HTML 5.

Does this mean that data tables require caption to pass sc 1.3.1 or having a heading with a paragraph would be acceptable?
Sometimes the table is preceded by a heading or heading and a paragraph that is explaining the table content.

We migrated to HTML 5 and looking for a data tables solution that wouldn't fail later on WCAG HTML 5.

A feedback from WCAG Working Group would be appreciated.

Thank you,
Rabab
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