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Re: Docs for download in tables example


From: Angela French
Date: Aug 31, 2011 9:09AM

I like the idea. Keith are you a screen reader user?

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On Aug 30, 2011, at 10:17 AM, Angela French wrote:

> (Please don't comment about all the pointless rows that have no document associated with them. You guess is as good as mine on why someone would do this).

I know this is not directly on your issue, but I believe the empty rows *do* communicate valuable information. Not only does the table tell you what reports are available, but it also conveys clearly which reports are *not* available. With a list that only contained what was available, someone would be left to wonder "What about Bates College? Did they overlook it?"

So I'd say those rows are not really pointless at all.

As to how to list the downloads for something like this, I still might suggest a list would be easier to use.

Something like this...

* no reports

* Outcomes Assessment: 2009-10, 2008-09

* no reports

* no reports

* Outcomes Assessment: 2009-10, 2008-09
* Faculty Development: 2010-11, 2009-10, 2008-09


The College names would be some <h> level (looks like <h2> in the context of this particular page), and then the years would be links to the files. Since they are all PDF files, you could state that in the copy before the list starts.

Just a thought,


Keith Parks
Graphic Designer/Web Designer
Student Affairs Communications Services
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA 92182-7444
(619) 594-1046


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