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


From: Angela French
Date: Sep 22, 2011 10:51AM

Steve - We happen to be discussing <thead>, etc. where I work in terms of accessibility. What happens when an AT user encounters <tfooter>?

Angela French

>I don't know of any AT that take notice of the [thead] [tfoot] [tbody]
>I would suggest that the only thing that affects table reading order is the
>order of rows and cells in the code.
>On 21 September 2011 19:23, Vincent Young < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
>> 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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