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Re: Layout Tables With Summary Attributes

From: Ramón Corominas <listas@ramoncorominas.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2014 13:13:05 +0100
Message-ID: <53089451.3090803@ramoncorominas.com>
To: "J. Albert Bowden" <jalbertbowden@gmail.com>
CC: "Bourne, Sarah (ITD)" <sarah.bourne@state.ma.us>, "Homme, James" <james.homme@highmark.com>, "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
J. Albert wrote:

> pretty sure summary attribute is deprecated
> i use caption element instead

I think @summary and <caption> have very different purposes. @summary 
was intended to "explain" the table structure so the blind user can more 
or less understand how to navigate the cells. <caption> is just an 
identification for the table, not for its structure.

There has been much discussion about deprecating @summary, but I think 
it was not because of its usefullness but because there are other means 
to do the same (although they are not so well accessibility supported, I 

Regarding the original question, I would say that a layout table with 
@summary is conveying different "info and relationships" to the blind 
user, so I would probably mark it as a failure of SC 1.3.1.

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