RE: Tables: Does scope="col" Stop When A Row Spans Multiple Columns?

Some years ago I checked how well several screen readers used scope and
found with "rows" the results were not good, and only just OK with "col".
Does anyone have any recent results of testing HTML data tables with screen
readers, and in particular with complex tables that have more than one level
of column and/or row headers?



-----Original Message-----
From: Duff Johnson [] 
Sent: Wednesday, 14 August 2013 5:06 AM
Subject: Re: Tables: Does scope="col" Stop When A Row Spans Multiple


- Headers with a scope of "col" are column headers
- Headers with a scope of "row" are row headers
- Cell can span rows or columns up to the maximum number of rows or columns
in the table.

If the table may be fully executed using the above you don't need to use

Does that help?


On Aug 13, 2013, at 2:02 PM, "Homme, James" <>

> Hi,
> I have a table in which the heading cells all have scope="col", but the
table has some rows that span across the whole table. What is the expected
behavior for this situation? Should I consider using the headers and id
attributes to get proper reading if something doesn't work?
> Thanks.
> Jim
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