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Re: textbox in table cell

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From: Jared Smith
Date: Mar 26, 2008 12:00PM


On Wed, Mar 26, 2008 at 11:39 AM, Travis Roth < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
> As for screen readers, I can speak for JAWS. When it is in forms mode, it
> does not use cell header information in a table. When not in forms mode, and
> table navigation commands are used then JAWS will.

This is correct. JAWS and Window Eyes do not read the table headers
when navigating through the form elements in forms mode. In other
words, the table headers would only provide the necessary 'labeling'
if the user turned off forms mode, forced the screen reader to read
the cell information, then accessed the form element again to re-enter
forms mode. This is not likely to happen and certainly isn't very
accessible.

> What I am not sure about is what the JAWS behavior would be when the table
> is navigated with table navigation commands if both header cells and
> explicit labeling via the Label tag are both used.

When navigating through the table itself NOT in forms mode, the screen
reader will read the appropriate headers AND the label/title for the
form element when it is encountered. Yes, this may be a bit redundant,
but the form is almost certain to be accessed in forms mode, not in a
reading mode.

Jared Smith
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