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Re: Screen reader voicing of tables

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From: Langum, Michael J
Date: Aug 27, 2010 1:45PM


Thanks for the details.

Can you elaborate on "support for colspan and rowspan seems to be improving?" Aside from JAWS, do other screen readers offer support? With JAWS, do some versions support this, and others not?

-- Mike


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It continues to work the same way. It will announce all of the headers if you hit cntrl+alt+numPad 5 but just what changes when you are moving across a row or down a column. For a long time this was the only way to reliably mark up complex tables, support for colspan and rowspan seems to be improving.

Mike Moore
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Mike,

How does JFW work on complex tables that use id and headers? Does it voice ALL the associated cells in the headers list? Or just the ones that have changed relative to the previously visited cell?

-- Mike


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"Would our screen reader experts please explain how screen readers convey the column and row header information (when in Table mode)."

This is how it works with JAWS for Windows (JFW).

Read across a row. Cntrl+Alt+Left or Right Arrow Key. JAWS announces column headers when they change.

Read down a column Cntrl+Alt+Up or Down Arrow. JAWS announces row headers as they change.

Read row and column headers for a given cell Cntrl+Alt+Numpad 5.

Other table commands like read a whole column windowsKey+period or a whole row windowsKey+comma will only read the contents of the cells but not any headings other than the one located in the first cell of the row or column being read.

Mike Moore