OSP and tabular data

Richard Schwerdtfeger schwer at us.ibm.com
Tue Jul 24 21:00:48 UTC 2007

So, if it is tabular and the headers have meaning why would these tools
flag this as presentational? Were the headers mared as <TH>?


Rich Schwerdtfeger
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Chair, IBM Accessibility Architecture Review  Board
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I'd call it tabular, also. Think of it this way: if you have (or could
have) column and row headers that ascribe meaning to the content where
they intersect, you can call it a table. Be sure to: associate the
headers with the cells (for example, using the <scope> attribute), and
include a table summary and caption.


Darren Cambridge wrote:
> Sean--
> I think I'd lean towards calling it tabular data. The table structure
> conveys meaning; it's not merely a way to make things look pleasant. I
> would guess that switching to a css layout would actually make it less
> straightforward to convey that meaning in an accessible way. We should
> probably be looking to the good practices for dealing with tabular
> data for strategies.
> Darren
> Sean Keesler wrote:
>> 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 attachment: "Matrix.png", size: 56698 bytes]
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