Re: Flagging layout tables

On Mon, Mar 2, 2009 at 9:34 AM, Henri Sivonen <> wrote:
> On Mar 1, 2009, at 02:51, Gez Lemon wrote:
>> HTML 5 should not encourage the use of layout tables by describing how to
>> create layout tables in the specification.
> What would be the harm of having a spec-endorsed way of flagging a table as
> a layout table if client software reliably flattened thusly flagged layout
> tables out of the data that gets exposed to AT users (that is, linearized
> the table so that cell contents would still be exposed)?

No, look at the discussions about @alt, that is very usefull and
widely unused. People are lazy, they will not set your flag. The spec
should instead indicate that layout are on behalf of the CSS, and more
precisely on display and float.

> Also, doesn't the ARIA spec already have role=presentation exactly for this
> purpose?

Is @role allowed by the spec ?

Olivier G.

Received on Monday, 2 March 2009 12:42:37 UTC