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.

Below are items you must check to ensure all Tables in your course are accessible.

Provide textual summaries of data tables above the table and make certain “Header Row” is checked in Table Tools to identify headers. 

Sample table highlighting the title and header row.

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.

Example of a table with split columns



 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. 

example of a table created with the tab key

Office 2016 - insert a table

Table Design tab






Table properties window showing the Row tab

Table properties - Alt Text












Office 365 - inserting a table 

Header row selected


Ensure that header row appears at the top of each page. This step must be done in Word 2016.

Alt text - Office 365

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.

Insert Table button in Blackboard textbox

Table Caption checkbox - allows for a title at the top of the table

Blackboard Advanced Table options

Article ID: 1586
Created On: Tue, Mar 27, 2018 at 12:59 PM
Last Updated On: Mon, Apr 4, 2022 at 11:34 AM

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