Accessible LibGuides

The content on this page is copied from the D4D Accessibility Guide created by the NYU Libraries' LibGuide Remediation Project in 2019-2020 and presented in the "Building a Culture of Accessibility Through LibGuides" workshop presented at Designing for Digital 2021.

Tables

Tables should be formatted to include HTML headers

Tables should be properly formatted to include headers so screen readers can identify what they are, and read the data in a way that’s helpful to the users.

Accessibility Best Practices

Use the Rich Text Editor Table Tool to create and format tables properly

  • Designate a table header in the Table Properties
  • Include a Table Caption

Table Tips:

  • Check how your tables look if you make the browser window narrower, not all tables are readable if using a smaller screen.
  • Avoid using images or icons inside tables, words are best.
    • If you have images in a table the images will need to have alt-text

Tables are not used for layout

  • Tables shouldn’t be used for layout, such as creating multiple text columns or image placement.
  • Tables that are used for layout can be difficult for screen reader users and also behave unexpectedly on smaller screens.

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