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Accessible Tables

Tables are subject to the same accessibility standards as the rest of your content. Tables should display data and not be used to layout your content on the page.

The best way to ensure your table is accessible to all users is to follow these tips.

Creating More Accessible Tables

Think Simple

Simple tables are easier for more users to navigate and understand than complex tables. Avoid combining cells or merging rows or columns as this can make the table more difficult to navigate and understand.

Simple tables are also easier to create and maintain from an editorial point of view.

Limit the Overall Size

Instead of one giant table, break your content into smaller tables (if you can). This allows users to navigate the table content more successfully and not get lost.

Label Your Tables

Use headings and brief table descriptions to let users know what’s in the table. This can help them better understand if they need to dig into the table information more closely.

Use TablePress

Boise State uses TablePress to display tabular data on web pages.

TablePress is a WordPress plugin that enables you to create and manage tables on your site. No HTML knowledge is required. TablePress provides a user-friendly interface that allows you to easily manage and edit table data.

Going Further

Learn more about Tables and TablePress by visiting Webguide: Tables.


Next, learn how to create accessible forms.