[Athen] [EXT] Tables accessibility

Robert Beach rbeach at KCKCC.EDU
Mon Jun 8 13:36:13 PDT 2020

Alt text on tables was something only MS did. It was removed in the latest versions of Office. It is not an accessibility standard.

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A quick question related to adding Alternative Text to Tables. Would a table be inaccessible if it lacks Alt Text?
I'm asking because I noticed that the latest update for PowerPoint doesn't show Alt Text for a table, and it's not showing as an accessibility error. Also, I checked Google Docs and the HTML editor in Canvas and both don't have the option of Alt Text.
Would it be reasonable to say that adding a caption above the table replaces Alt Text?

Your feedback would help with understanding table accessibility.

Thank you,

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