Tables, more than just rows and cells

Structuring tables correctly is an important step in developing an accessible website but sadly it is rarely achieved. Many website developers do not realise the importance of creating accessible tables in their designs and, time after time, I find myself auditing pages with tables that fail due to lack of basic table structure.

With this in mind, I am hoping to pass on some quick, simple tips for creating tables. This is by no means an extensive list of table attributes, but those which are required to make a simple table accessible for all users.