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

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From: Sailesh Panchang
Date: Sep 22, 2011 9:39AM


>I don't know of any AT that take notice of the [thead] [tfoot] [tbody]
Window-Eyes does. It announces when one crosses over from thead into
tbody and into tfoot.
Sailesh

On 9/22/11, Steve Faulkner < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
> hi vincent,
>
> [thead] [tfoot] [tbody] elements are not included in the accessble tree
> exposed to AT. (and example of what is exposed by Firefox can be seen using
> the DOM inspector > accessible tree feature.
>
> I don't know of any AT that take notice of the [thead] [tfoot] [tbody]
> elements.
>
> I would suggest that the only thing that affects table reading order is the
> order of rows and cells in the code.
>
> regards
> Stevef
>
> On 21 September 2011 19:23, Vincent Young < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
>
>> 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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