Re: Using tables for content

Subject: Re: Using tables for content
From: Char James-Tanny <charjtf -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Sean <seanb_us -at- yahoo -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 24 Oct 2013 13:00:00 -0400

Tables should only be used for tabular data, and for accessibility, should
be formatted correctly so that they can be interpreted by screen readers.
(In Word, this means applying table header and table body styles, and
applying "Repeat Header Rows"; in HTML, it means using <thead>, <tbody>,

Also, correctly formatted tables help users with cognitive issues and low
vision better interpret the content. (Assuming that the styles have been
set up correctly.)

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On Thu, Oct 24, 2013 at 9:44 AM, Sean <seanb_us -at- yahoo -dot- com> wrote:

> Hi all,
> So, whilst I search the archives, can we have a live discussion on the
> pros and cons of using tables for tech writing content. Consider a
> traditional procedure that uses step: in the left column, the action, and
> in the right column, the result. It seems, for Word, each row needs to be
> numbered manually.
> Conversely, there is standard ordered list approach without using a table.
> Thoughts?
> Sean

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