Tables that are used simply to lay out information are unlikely to cause accessibility problems. Where they are used to convey specific information, however, you will need to ensure that they do not cause accessibility problems for screen readers, Braille printers and for those who have learning difficulties or who may find a tabular layout difficult to follow.

Topic Action Comment
Row and column headers Insert these in data tables. The titles should be clear and concise.

Tables should be structured so as to be meaningful and logical, especially for screen readers.
Table/figure numbers, captions and summaries Add these to all tables and figures. These can be read by screen readers and will help those with visual disabilities and those who have problems deciphering tables and diagrams.
Merged cells Avoid these. Merged cells can be difficult to read using a screen reader.

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