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RE: which table is preferable?

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From: Ian.Lloyd@nationwide.co.uk
Date: Aug 22, 2002 2:09AM


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Dear all:

following some comments from Jukka, I've amended the accessible table
builder tool slightly:

* Scope or ID/Headers is now a switchable option
(before only used headers and id attributes)
* Empty attributes are not displayed in generated code
(before, if you cleared the border attribute, it
would still generate border="")
* The Caption now sits in front of the thead
(Oops, before it was within <thead> !)

http://www23.brinkster.com/favelets/accessible-table-builder.htm

Steven

To answer your question, I realise that this tool has a lot of options, and
that it may be difficult to understand in a screen reader. I'll be honest -
I have not tested the tool itself using a screen reader. Let me defend
myself though ;-)

* It's really a tool for web developers who are authoring for the
vis-impaired, not for vis-impaired users themselves
* I have not used tables much in this - the one that is generated
dynamically there is only there so that you type in the additional
parameters required
* Finally, the tool is totally reliant on scripting being enabled - there's
no <noscript> alternative to this one, so I admitted defeat on making the
tool accessible early on!

Anyway, I hope you people find the changes useful.

As ever, any further suggestions are welcome (I have another in the pipeline
- - to allow row headings to be used also, but that needs quite a bit more
work!)

Ian Lloyd, Electronic Channels
Nationwide Building Society

e-mail: <EMAIL REMOVED>
tel: 01793-655260
fax: 01793-656368


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Subject: RE: which table is preferable?


That's a very complex table!!! Perhaps a linear text version would be
better for a screen reader.



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Subject: RE: which table is preferable?


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Spent an hour putting together a table? I might be able to save you some
time in the future:

Accessible Table Builder -
http://www23.brinkster.com/favelets/accessible-table-builder-intro.htm

Please bookmark - it should save you time building accessible tables.

Unfortunately, it does not cater for more complex table structures that
use rowspan or colspan, but it's a start!

PS - If anyone else wants to include this tool in their own site, they
are more than welcome, as long as the appropriate credit/link is given


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