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Re: Screen readers and nested tables


From: Don Mauck
Date: Feb 18, 2010 11:06AM

There was a problem in earlier versions of JAWS regarding nested tables. They made a patch fix in JAWS 9 but they did not back port it to version 8.

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From: Birkir Gunnarsson [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ]
Sent: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 7:53 PM
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: [WebAIM] Screen readers and nested tables

Hi list

I am brushing up on my html and WCAG knowledge and came across a table with
nested elements inside, another table and a list.
I presume this is not a very common occurance and probably not practical,
since I have to assume this looks pretty weird to a sighted person (I am
blind). However I notice that my Jaws (version 8) does not recognize the
outermost table, even if the <table> attribute is used in it, it only sees
the nested table.
If anyone can explain why, or if this is a problem, or it could be coded
differently so that screen readers recognize the outermost table as a table,
or can tell me this is never used and not a case I need to ever consider I
would very much appreciate it.
The link to the example is