Actually, as far as I understand the accessibility issue, you would be
completely valid in using tables for layout in this instance. From the
WCAG 1.0 guidelines:
5.3 Do not use tables for layout unless the table makes sense when
linearized. Otherwise, if the table does not make sense, provide an
alternative equivalent (which may be a linearized version
*Note.* Once user agents
<http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10/#until-user-agents> support style sheet
positioning, tables should not be used for layout. Refer also to
checkpoint 3.3 <http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10/#tech-style-sheets>.
I would think that a photo gallery in tables would linearize just fine.
I would say if no significant solution presents itself, then you should
be fine to use tables, as long as all the proper accessibility tags and
attributes are used.
Library Web Development Manager
Alexander Johannesen wrote:
> On 7/13/06, Amy M Ostrom <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Or does anyone know about photo galleries and accessibility?
> There is a bigger group of people which can both see images and have
> accessibility needs; low-vision users (estimated some 30% of all
> Having said that, there's really nothing stopping you making tables
> perfectly accessible, and it the sense of images they *are* presented
> in a tabular fashion. This is where we use common sense instead of
> rigid rules, so there is no reason to feel that using tables for this
> is somehow wrong (unless you want to go into the whole WAI 2.0 debate
> Do it the way you do, and clean up the generated code to fix the worst
> offenders. If you still want to be strict on it, try talking to the
> GAWDS community (http://www.gawds.org/) about gallery options. I seem
> to recall there were some discussion about this a while back, but the
> gist was that most gallery software were equally crap in accessibility
> regards. Maybe things have changed.
> "Ultimately, all things are known because you want to believe you know."
> - Frank Herbert
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