2.7 Tables

Screen Reader Interaction

Screen readers read column and row headers to provide the listener with information on the tables' content and structure.

Solutions

  • Use tables for data that fits well into rows and columns.

  • Do not use tables for formatting pages, links, or other information.

  • Always use table headers to describe the contents of the table columns.

  • The table headers should clearly communicate the data below them.

  • Avoid spanned rows as screen readers may not properly parse them.

Example

Here is an example default 3x2 table with a header created within LibGuide's rich text editor. It's key you identify which row or column is the table header.

State

State Capital

Ohio

Columbus

Indiana

Indianapolis

Kentucky

Frankfort

Source: Boston College LibGuides Accessibility Guide

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