Word 2007 Section 508 Accessibility Checklist

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Complex Tables (Merged/Split Cells)


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Requirements for 508 compliance

Ensure data cells are associated with the correct header cells.


How to test

Check for merged or split cells. If used, convert to an accessible format.


To check for merged or split cells in data tables:

Note: Because merged and split cells are inherently inaccessible in MS Word, this check must be completed visually.


How to fix

If merged or split cells are used in the document, this requirement is applicable.

Note: It is not possible to programmatically associate merged or split data cells with their associated data headers. The MS Word format does not support this capability.


Tables in a document illustrating merged and split cells. Callouts explain that these are not accessible in M.S. Word and that the file must be converted to an accessible format.
Examples

Ensure data cells are associated with the correct header cells.

Not Applicable.


Rationale

Ensure data cells are associated with the correct header cells.

Complex tables may require additional header labeling to maintain the correct relationship for cells and headers. Merged and split cells can confuse the programmatic associations between data cells and their intended table headers.

Legal References

508 references:

1194.22(g); 1194.22(h); 1194.31(a); 1194.31(b).

WCAG references:

1.3.1-H51.

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