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Accessibility: Table Summary

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I'm working on a project using VB.NET where the customer is very fussy about
accessibility. One of the requirements that I'm trying to meet is that
tables should have a summary, for example (and I've taken this from
http://diveintoaccessibility.org/day..._tables.html):

<table border="0" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="0" summary="Monthly calendar
with links to each day's posts">

The property page for my tables has a summary field, I've put text in and
within visual studio if I look at the html I can see the summary there, but
when I run it in my browser the summary information gets stripped off and
doesn't appear.

Anyone know what I should be doing to get this out?

Any ideas much appreciated.

thanks in advance,

Brian.

www.cryer.co.uk/brian

Nov 21 '05 #1
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"Brian Cryer" <br****@127.0.0.1.activesol.co.uk> schrieb:
I'm working on a project using VB.NET where the customer is very fussy
about accessibility. One of the requirements that I'm trying to meet is
that tables should have a summary, for example (and I've taken this from
http://diveintoaccessibility.org/day..._tables.html):

<table border="0" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="0" summary="Monthly
calendar with links to each day's posts">

The property page for my tables has a summary field, I've put text in and
within visual studio if I look at the html I can see the summary there,
but when I run it in my browser the summary information gets stripped off
and doesn't appear.


The value of this attribute should not be rendered in a visual way:

<URL:http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/struct/tables.html#h-11.2.1>

Maybe you are looking for the 'caption' element.

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M S Herfried K. Wagner
M V P <URL:http://dotnet.mvps.org/>
V B <URL:http://classicvb.org/petition/>

Nov 21 '05 #2

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"Herfried K. Wagner [MVP]" <hi***************@gmx.at> wrote in message
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"Brian Cryer" <br****@127.0.0.1.activesol.co.uk> schrieb:
I'm working on a project using VB.NET where the customer is very fussy
about accessibility. One of the requirements that I'm trying to meet is
that tables should have a summary, for example (and I've taken this from
http://diveintoaccessibility.org/day..._tables.html):

<table border="0" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="0" summary="Monthly
calendar with links to each day's posts">

The property page for my tables has a summary field, I've put text in and
within visual studio if I look at the html I can see the summary there,
but when I run it in my browser the summary information gets stripped off
and doesn't appear.


The value of this attribute should not be rendered in a visual way:

<URL:http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/struct/tables.html#h-11.2.1>

Maybe you are looking for the 'caption' element.

--
M S Herfried K. Wagner
M V P <URL:http://dotnet.mvps.org/>
V B <URL:http://classicvb.org/petition/>


Sorry, I should have been more explicit. I'm not expecting it to be rendered
visually, I just want it to appear in the html so that anyone with a screen
reader (such as JAWs) will hear the table summary.

Any ideas?
Nov 21 '05 #3

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