Current screen-reader technology does a better job of recognizing web pages that utilize HTML tables for page layout. For web page designers, using tables for layout allows for the precise placement of content on a web page, yet can make it difficult for some users to navigate the web page.
Navigating data tables on a web page, though, is more difficult and screen-reader applications generally have specific commands to help navigate the data table. A data table is different than a layout table in that the column information presented is related to the row information presented.
Table Navigation Commands
For the JAWS screen-reader application, the following commands will allow a user to read a data table. It is important to hold down the Control and the Alt key when pressing the number-pad keys.
The following tables will provide you with some examples as to how to navigate data tables on a web page. If a data table is designed correctly, you should hear a summary of the information to be presented in the table.
Table Example 1:
Table Example 2: