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From: Robinson, Norman B - Washington, DC
Date: May 16, 2007 11:30AM


Laura,

This technique is outlined as a part of our official policy,
used in statements of work, vendor requirements, both internally and
externally. The USPS AS-508-A Section 508 Technical Guidelines:
(specifically the section on tables)
http://www.usps.com/cpim/ftp/hand/as508a/508a_c6.html#508hdr39. Due to
our concern on this issue, we have it in our policy and don't rely on
the W3C. We've specifically gone so far as to state when we refer to the
W3C topics, users "must defer to the Postal Service guidelines."

I hope that is of use in the discussion. Please message me
directly with any specific questions.

Regards,


Norman B. Robinson
Section 508 Coordinator
IT Governance, US Postal Service
phone: 202.268.8246


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Subject: [WebAIM] Examples of and justification for id/headers in
complextables


The HTML 5 working group is questioning the usefulness of marking up
id/headers in complex tables. In fact have those two attributes are not
currently in the HTML 5 specification [1].

I have cited test results, examples, and references [2] of their use.

The editor of the spec would like examples of actual real-world use "in
the wild". [3]

Also they specifically want evidence provided for each attribute which
answer the following [4]:

> * What are the use cases?
> * What problems it solves and how?
> * Who benefits and how?
> * The incentive that authors will have to actually use it.
> * How it could be implemented.
> * The incentive that UA vendors have to implement it.

Any examples or input would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Laura

[1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2007May/0012.html
[2] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-html/2007May/0467.html
[3] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-html/2007May/0471.html
[4] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-html/2007May/0419.html