Tables - Accessibility
Tables - Accessibility
For all Blackboard shells, as well as online courses, reasonable accommodations must be made to web content (not only face-to-face instruction) to maximize student accessibility in your course and comply with federal ADA requirements.
Instructors bear the responsibility of ensuring subsequent changes to approved courses continue to meet these and other DEC and ADA standards. Contact IT and/or Disability Services for assistance.
Provide textual summaries of data tables above the table and make certain “Header Row” is checked in Table Tools to identify headers.
Avoid use complex tables with split cells (like this one) when possible. Do not use Tabs to create columns and tables; this will not read correctly with screenreaders.
Do not use Tabs to create columns or tables. They will not be read correctly by assistive technolgy.
Using the tab key will create a table like the one below. Word/PowerPoint 2016, Office 365 and Blackboard.
Office 2016 - insert a table
- Ensure that the header row is checked.
- Click into the table and then click on the Table Design tab.
- Make sure the checkbox is checked next to Header as shown here.
- E nsure that the header row appears at the top of each page.
- Right-click on the table and select T able Properties as shown here.
- Ensure that header row appears at the top of each page.
- Click on the Row tab, click the checkbox next to Repeat header row at the top of each page and click OK .
- Ensure the table has a title and summary.
- Right-click on the tab, select Table Properties then click on the Alt Text tab and enter the table title and summary and click OK.
Office 365 - inserting a table
Ensure that header row appears at the top of each page. This step must be done in Word 2016.
Blackboard - inserting a table
Avoid using tables in Blackboard for alter the layout of your page. Tables should only be used for data purposes. If you use tables to alter the layout of your page, screenreaders will have a more difficult time presenting clear information to students.
- Blackboard allows you to create a table within a text/description box when adding content items, discussion boards, etc.
- Click the table button in the text box to create a table.
- After you click the table button, a popup window will appear that allows you to customize the table.
- From the General tab, click the box to the right of Table Caption. This will give you an area above the table to type the title.
- Next click on the Advanced tab and enter an ID and Summary for the table.
- The ID is similar to the Alt Text for the table and the Summary is a description of the table.
- Click Update .