OSP and tabular data

Sean Keesler smkeesle at syr.edu
Tue Jul 24 18:40:39 UTC 2007

I am doing a UI review of the OSP matrix tool (see attched image) and  
need a little advice:

The matrix is big table that is being used as a big grid to represent  
the accumulation of information (files and filled out forms) related  
to established criteria and levels (rows and columns). The colors of  
the table cells convey information about the cell status and the  
icons/images convey information about the number and type of files/ 
forms that have been added to the matrix cell.

Its sort of tabular data, and its sort of not. Accessibility  
validators yell at me because we seem to be using a table for  
formatting only...and indeed, much of the information being conveyed  
is not being conveyed in a very accessible manner (yes, that is  
covered in my review) and I wonder if this is "tabular data" or  
not...I need a ruling!

Would the recommendation of this group be to redesign the matrix  
without a table and do some css/div magic? or is this a table of  
tabular data? What say ye?

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