[Athen] Marking Table Headers in Word

Karlen Communications info at karlencommunications.com
Fri Sep 20 07:15:58 PDT 2019

As far as I know, the method of using the Table Design Ribbon to check the
check boxes for First Column and Header Row is not backward compatible with
other versions of Word to identify table headers although I think that these
two check boxes were always checked when you created a table/not sure of
that. What changed was how they provided information to adaptive technology.

Since having the table rows repeat at the top of each page has an additional
accessibility/readability function I would recommend that we keep on doing
it. For me, it is just part of how I optimize tables for accessibility. And
you never know when content is going to be added or deleted from a document
which then means a table straddles two pages or more.

Cheers, Karen

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Subject: [Athen] Marking Table Headers in Word

Hi all. In Word 2016 there are at least two ways of marking headers cells.
In the Table design tab, you can select the box for "Header Row" in the
Table Style Options. In the Table Layout tab, you can select the option to
"Repeat Header Rows".

My question is whether it is best to use one method over the other, or
should we use both? When I run the Word accessibility checker it flags as
Error when "Repeat Header Rows" is not checked, even if "Header Row" style
is checked. Has this changed in Word 365 or 2019?



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