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Re: valid table?

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From: Steve Faulkner
Date: Mar 25, 2011 9:39AM


Hi Angela,

best practice advice is to not use them for layout.
failing that ensure the content linearizes correctly
Also ARIA role="presentation"[1] can be used on layout <table>'s to
hide the table structure from assistive technology.

[1]http://www.w3.org/TR/wai-aria/roles#presentation

regards
stevef

On 24 March 2011 16:26, Angela French < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
> I have been asked to do an accessibility review  of my agency's website.  It was built by contractors a number of years ago, and we have many content contributors who create/maintain the page.
>
> On many pages tables are used for layout to present/organize documents available for download.  Here is an example:
> http://www.sbctc.ctc.edu/college/d_EMSI.aspx
>
> While I personally would not use tables for presentations like this, I'm wondering if it really is inaccessible.  While there is no <th> tag, they did use an <h> tags (not the semantically correct one though)  and <p> tags in the <td>s .  Given that this is not a complex table, it does linearize well.
>
> I would be grateful for any opinions about this.
>
> Angela French
> Internet Specialist
> State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
> 360-704-4316
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> http://www.checkoutacollege.com<;http://www.checkoutacollege.com/>;
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