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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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  • 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.


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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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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