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Re: accessible tables

From: Chaals Nevile <chaals@yandex.ru>
Date: Mon, 07 May 2018 00:58:55 +0200
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
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This is something that people have asked about before, although perhaps  
not for accessibility purposes.

I had a bit of a look, and it doesn't seem obvious. I had a bit of a play  
last night.

Using two tbody elements their style as display:table-cell sort of gives  
the right effect, but breaks the table into two, much as using nested  
tables does, so there's little apparent value over just having two  
side-by-side tables.

I couldn't make multicolumn layout work in a table (although I didn't try  
very hard either).

I suspect the quick and dirty solution is to use some struture like a dl,  
with the two pieces displayed inline with borders, and then add aria table  
markup if you want it.

I have taken a similar approach using aria table markup in SVG, and it  
seems to work relatively well for screen readers.

I'll be interested to hear if there is some good solution. I will also  
follow up with the CSS Working Group, since I could not see any evidence  
that they had really considered this, although it might be because I  
didn't look carefully enough.



On Fri, 04 May 2018 22:21:27 +0200, Michael A. Peters  
<mpeters@domblogger.net> wrote:

> Hello,
> I am sure this is covered somewhere, but I just can not find where.
> Tabular data, 9 pairs of key = value data. But the table cell contents  
> are short, so instead of just two columns I want to do four columns  
> where the third is a continuation of the first and the fourth is a  
> continuation of the third, e.g.
> [ caption of the table]
> [ key ] [ value ] [ key ] [ value ]
> 001     first     006     sixth
> 002     second    007     seventh
> 003     third     008     eighth
> 004     fourth    009     tenth
> 005     fifth
> Is there a way to mark that up so screen readers will read them as pairs  
> in the order 001 to 009 in order?
> I can't be the first to have needed this.

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