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Web Accessibility Guidelines for Tables
Create tables with column and/or row headers, and ensure a proper reading order.
Why Column Headers in a Data Table are Important
- Using table headers is important to conveying tabular data accurately.
Why the Reading Order in a Table is Important
- Screen readers read tables from left to right, top to bottom, one cell at a time (& only once). If cells are split or merged, it could throw the reading order off which may make the table difficult to comprehend by users who are blind and using a screen reader to navigate.
Accessible Tables in PowerPoints & Google Slides
Check the reading order
- A screen reader reads a table from left to right, & top to bottom (never repeating a cell.)
- Merged, nested, and split cells may change the reading order of a table.
- Construct your table in a way that accommodates a good reading order
Indicate column headers for data tables.
- Place the cursor in the top row of your data table.
- Click the Design tab under Table Tools (Mac - PPT 2011/2016: Tables tab)
- . In the Table Style Options group (Mac - PPT 2011 - Table Options > Options/ Mac - PPT 2016 - Table Design tab), select the Header Row check box.
- The cells in the top row of your table make up the column headers.