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Re: Table Header/Footer/Body Placement and Reading Order


From: Angela French
Date: Sep 21, 2011 1:06PM

As a sighted person, when I see a footer on a table, I read it before I look at the table data and I ask "why aren't 'footers' put at the top?" :-)

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>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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