The OASIS DocBook TC list recently mentioned some accessibility issues with
CALS tables in DocBook (among other elements; DITA has similar issues). These
issues will also apply to the Exchange table model that our TC has agreed to
use in DITA. Does anyone know what the status is of these investigations that
the DocBook TC reported at this URL?
8) Need way to identify the linear text alternatives to tables that
are used to provide parallel presentations of columns of wrapped
The most pressing issue, from the DITA perspective, seems to be a pretty hard
WAI requirement to provide "summary" content that can be mapped into
accessible readers in either HTML or PDF. The DocBook solution would also be
the DITA solution, and vice versa, if we could agree on a common strategy
Don Day <do...@us.ibm.com>
Chair, OASIS DITA Technical Committee
IBM Lead DITA Architect
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