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Re: Foreign:Re: Making a grid of divs appear as a "table"


From: Moore, Michael
Date: Jun 18, 2008 7:00AM

I would just like to add that the only way of getting assistive
technology, specifically screen readers, to properly report row and
column headers, which seems to be your intent, is to use table markup,
with row and column headers defined in the code.


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[mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Gareth Dart
Sent: Wednesday, June 18, 2008 3:22 AM
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: Foreign:Re: [WebAIM] Making a grid of divs appear as a "table"

Hello, and welcome to the list.

I'm a little unsure what you're trying to achieve below, however, one
thing I will say is that if you have a wadge of tabular data to display,
then use a table. Don't make the mistake (as many people do, with the
noblest intentions) of confusing the tenet 'tables should not be used
for page layout' with 'tables should not be used full stop'. Tables can
and should be used when they are the appropriate tool for the job, and
it sounds like they are for your purposes.



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