The following tutorial will explain how to create an accessible table through the text editor. Please note that, with regards to accessibility, tables should only be used to present tabular data; they should never be used for design purposes. Tables should also remain simple to make them easier for users of screen readers to parse the content.
Synopsis of accessibility guidelines
- Use only tabular data in tables.
- Identify the row or the column used as headers.
- Avoid merging cells, rows and columns.
- If no heading precedes the table, add a caption to briefly describe the table.
Alternatives to complex tables
Due to these limitations, tables will not suit every purpose. If you have a complex table, consider presenting the information in an alternative format. Some ideas include:
- Split the complex table into multiple smaller and simpler tables.
- Present the information in a more linear fashion without tables, possibly just using paragraphs and bulleted lists.
- For webmasters, if you need to use a table to achieve a certain design, consider using a Dynamic Content List instead.