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Table Header/Footer/Body Placement and Reading Order


From: Vincent Young
Date: Sep 21, 2011 12:21PM

So the HTML specification says construct tables in the following order:

[thead] [tfoot] [tbody]

I've user tested tables, but none when tfoot was involved. Assistive
tecnology tends to read tfoot before any tbody information. Does this cause
any usability issues? I've not seen this really discussed anywhere such as
on WebAim's accessible tables article. I tend to use thead/tfoot/tbody for
semantic purposes, I guess. It's also really easy to style each
differently through CSS with these elements in place.

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