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

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From: Vincent Young
Date: Sep 21, 2011 6:51PM


Thank you for the input Angela. As of right now, I'm going to write this
off as a non issue. The following code order: thead/tfoot/tbody poses no
usability issues for all users.

On Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 12:06 PM, Angela French < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:

> 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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> >Subject: [WebAIM] Table Header/Footer/Body Placement and Reading Order
> >
> >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.
> >Thoughts/opinions/whatevers?
> >
> >
> >
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