Alt text on HTML tables

Subject: Alt text on HTML tables
From: dick -at- rlhamilton -dot- net
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Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2023 14:18:06 -0600

Is there a way to add alt text to a table?

The alt attribute is not allowed on table, and I donât see a good alternative.

I know that screen readers can read tables, but in this use case, the column and row labels are the only information of interest (the contents of the cells are examples that donât add any value).

Iâd like to able to add alt text that a screen reader would provide first, so the user could choose to skip the table itself. The alt text would identify the rows and columns and then state that the cell data are samples and donât need to be read.

Any thoughts on how best to do this?

Richard Hamilton
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