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Re: help with complex table


From: Birkir R. Gunnarsson
Date: Sep 27, 2017 7:24PM

The primary problem is the high school header.
It has to be coded as a <th> cell with scope="rowgroup" and
rowspan="3" (because it is the row header for 3 rows.
The following rows you only insert the <tr> and <td> tags.
My guess is that NVDA is looking for something to read for the <td>
cells in column one (there is nothing there). It finds a header cell
at the top (and decides that it is a column header even if it has
scope="row") and reads it.

How are you inspecting the table with NVDA?
Screen readers only read the header cells that change.
If you use ctrl-alt-right awwor to move from the first column to the
second, it won't read the row header, but if you use ctrl-alt-arrows
up and down to navigate through the second column it should read the
row headers along with the values (because the row headers are

On 9/27/17, Angela French < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
> Hello, my co-worker and I are trying to build a complex table (the content
> will be database driven). Here is my sample
> page<https://www.sbctc.edu/_testing/complex-table.html>.
> It will become more complex that what is currently here, but first things
> first.
> I only have NVDA to test with. Although the table headers are marked
> scope="row", NVDA is not reading the adding the column name when it reads
> the value in the second column which are table cells.
> My next question is how to associate Class #2 and Class #3 with the High
> School Classes header. I'm thinking I might be able to accomplish this with
> headers and id, but until I can get NVDA to at least associate the values in
> column two with the headers in column 1, I have tackled the bigger problem
> yet.
> I also found it weird that NVDA reads the value of the first table header
> (College) when it gets down to the empty cells on column 1, rows 5 and 6.
> Any advice greatly appreciated. This doesn't seem like it should be that
> tough. Maybe I don't know how to use NVDA, though I had no problem here:
> https://webaim.org/articles/nvda/tables.htm
> Angela French
> Internet/Intranet Specialist
> Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
> 360-704-4316
> www.sbctc.edu<;http://www.sbctc.edu/>;
> > > > >

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