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From: Detlev Fischer
Date: Aug 30, 2017 7:13AM


In the context of the test of a public services portal that lists many services in a data table, the question came up whether it adds or takes away from screen reader accessibility when the names of the services in cells are marked up with headings mark-up (in addition to the column header markup). Would that just create confusion, or afford quicker access for screen reader users calling up a list of headings or using headings shortcuts rather than table navigation?

I have creatred a page that has a simplified example, the first version without heading markup and th esecond with h3 headings for the service names in the first column:
http://www.3needs.org/en/testing/code/headings-in-tables.html

I would be interested both in your views regarding practical screen reader usability and regarding WCAG 2.0 conformance.

Best,
Detlev



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