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Re: tables vs. layers


From: Chris Heilmann
Date: Dec 2, 2004 7:29AM

> Thank you all for responding. However, I should have been more specific
> with my original question.
> What I was referring to was the pro's & con's of tables vs. layers in
> respect to accessibilities...
> For instance, is it easier for screen readers to follow/interpret text if
> it's within a ?
> Can anyone provide URLs that address the design issues for making
> table-less designs accessible?

Tables are data constructs, and screen readers read them out (Table with x
columns in y rows), which can be very annoying when you nest them.
CSS-only layouts also allow the user to completely change the design by
applying a user stylesheet, whereas table layouts have a fixed grid.

Most of these issues are discussed in the presentation I posted though.

There was a wonderful site with audio examples for a tableless and a
tables site but I cannot find it any longer :(.

Chris Heilmann
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