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Access by Design: A Guide to Universal Usability for Web Designers by Sarah Horton

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Chapter 6. Layout Tables

Tables and their associated tags are HTML’s tools for presenting information in tabular format, such as spreadsheets, timetables, and reports. To fully describe tabular information, the TABLE tag comes with associated elements and attributes, including the TH element to indicate column and row headings, the CAPTION element to provide a title, and the SUMMARY attribute to provide a short description of a table’s purpose and structure.

In the early days of the Web, lacking more suitable options, designers adopted tables as a tool for page layout. By setting the table border value to zero (<table border="0">), the resulting “invisible” tables could be used for multiple layout tasks, such as creating columns and indents, ...

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