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summary attribute on layout vs data tables


From: Leo Smith
Date: Nov 27, 2002 8:51AM

Hi Folks,

I remember a while back there was some discussion on the list
about the usefulness of providing summary attributes on layout

Is it generally the consensus that summary attributes for layout
tables of the type "this table is for layout purposes only" are
somewhat redundant, and even annoying for screen reader users to
have to listen to?

(as long as the information laid out in the table linearizes OK, is
there any use in telling screen reader users that the table is for
layout purposes only?).

Is the summary attribute only really useful when describing data

Thanks and Happy Holidays!!


Leo Smith
Web Designer/Developer
USM Office of Publications and Marketing
University of Southern Maine

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