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Re: Fwd: WebAIM-Forum Digest, Vol 184, Issue 28


From: glen walker
Date: Jul 31, 2020 1:28PM

I respectfully disagree. The skill level of the screen reader user affects
whether the table is understandable. I've listened to many tables with
colspan properties and if the browser/screen reader combination support it
properly, I hear multiple headers before cell values and it makes sense.
There are certainly a lot of ways to mess that up, but basic colspans work
pretty well.

Now, the example given was a bit weird in that colspans spanned across
different types of cells. That would be confusing for all users.

On Fri, Jul 31, 2020 at 12:09 PM Pyatt, Elizabeth J < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:

> I strongly advise AGAINST any solution which involve any cell merges. This
> makes it almost impossible for someone on a screen reader to understand the
> table.