[thelist] Question about W3C Accessibility Priority 2 guideline

Stuart Young syoung at unitec.ac.nz
Fri Jul 23 20:55:03 CDT 2004

W3C's checklist for accessibility ...
"5.4 If a table is used for layout, do not use any structual markup for
purpose of visual formatting"
I am not sure what "structural markup for the purpose of visual
formatting" means.

There is one example given in the guidelines ... (i.e. TH)

For example, in HTML do not use the TH element to cause the content of
a (non-table header) cell to be displayed centered and in bold.

Also, when using tables to create a layout, do not use structural
markup to create visual formatting. For example, the TH (table header)
element, is usually displayed visually as centered, and bold. If a cell
is not actually a header for a row or column of data, use style sheets
or formatting attributes of the element.

Also you could say don't use the <H1> <H2> tags just to acheive big
bold text, only use <TH> if it really is a table header, only use <H2>
if it really is a sub-heading.


Dr Stuart Young,       +64 (0)9-815 4321 Ex 8656
<syoung at unitec.ac.nz>     
Lecturer, School of Computing and Information Technology,
Unitec New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand
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