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Rule n° 240 - Data tables are not simulated through styled text

To set up a table in a web page, there are specific tags. It is also possible to visually simulate tables by inserting spaces between data. This last solution is to be avoided at all costs.

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Goal

  • Give users access to tables that are exploitable by their user agents and that can be reproduced in a way that will always be understandable.
  • Improve the accessibility of content for people with disabilities.

Implementation

Systematically use the table element and the associated elements tr, td, th, caption, to tag data tables, and not artifices based on accumulations of non-breaking spaces or graphic characters such as pipes (vertical lines "|").

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Control

For each content displayed as a data table (i.e. associating data cells with row or column headers):

  • Make sure it is tagged with the tr (row), td (data cell), th (row or column header) and caption (table title) HTML elements, for example using a developer tool.

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Business application and benefits

The rules should be applied to your projects from the design phase through to post-implementation , and they should be understood by all professionals with web and customer experience (CX) responsibilities: from strategy to operations, marketers to project managers, and editorial to technical staff. The benefits of using this ruleset are numerous, including improving customer satisfaction, web performance, and e-commerce, and expanding your client base, while also decreasing your errors and costs.

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The objective of these rules and the Opquast community mission is ‘making the web better’ for your customers and for everyone! Opquast rules cover the key major areas of risk that can negatively affect website users such as privacy, ecodesign, accessibility and security.

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