Sometimes, a large amount of information is best displayed in a table. In order for this information to be correctly accessed by assistive technology, the content must be formatted correctly. You must assign headers to rows and/or columns, otherwise a screen reader will read the cell data linearly without giving any context for the information.

Best Practice

  • Always use headers at the top of the columns, at the beginning of a row or in both places.
  • Always include caption information describing what the table is about.
  • Do not create tables by hand, either using tabs or styling text into columns.
  • Set the width of the table to a percentage, not a fixed numerical value.         

Tip: Make sure to assign header areas and provide a table caption (description) in table properties dialog box. Also, set the width or height to a percentage rather than a fixed pixel value.