OSP and tabular data

Richard Schwerdtfeger schwer at us.ibm.com
Tue Jul 24 20:24:04 UTC 2007


Sean, conveying information with color alone is an accessibility problem
(color blind).

Is the grid navigable and editable?

What goes in the cells? I don't understand the backslashes.


Rich Schwerdtfeger
Distinguished Engineer, SWG Accessibility Architect/Strategist
Chair, IBM Accessibility Architecture Review  Board
blog: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/blogs/page/schwer


                                                                           
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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?

  (See attached file: Matrix.png)
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Sean Keesler
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