Tips and tricks for content authors on creating accessible tables. Creating accessible tables that convey semantic meaning is important to convey meaning for screen reader users.
Tips and tricks for content authors on creating accessible tables.
Providing summary information:
- Provide summaries for tables.
- Provide abbreviations for header labels.
- Provide captions for tables.
Identifying row and column information:
- For data tables, identify row and column headers.
- For data tables that have two or more logical levels of row or column headers, use markup to associate data cells and header cells.
- Identify structural groups of rows and groups of columns.
Tables for layout:
- Do not use tables for layout unless the table makes sense when linearised.
- If a table is used for layout, do not use any structural markup for the purpose of visual formatting.
- Provide a linear text alternative (on the current page or some other) for all tables that lay out text in parallel, word-wrapped columns.