Accessible Tables

Table Tips

  1. Avoid tables for non-tabular data (i.e. Don't use tables for layouts).
    • Screen readers will read cells left to right, top to bottom. See Example 1.
    • If you're using a table for non-tabular data, the cells should make sense when read in the order outlined in Example 1.
  2. For tabular data, you should always include a header row or column. Within the context of the RTE, this is defined when creating a new table.
    • See Example 2 for an example of a table with a header row.

Examples

Example 1

1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8
9 10 11 etc...
Example 1 - Table read order.

Example 2

Header cell 1 Header cell 2 Header cell 3
Data cell 1 Data cell 2 Data cell 3
Data cell 4 Data cell 5 Data cell 6
Example 2 - Table with headers