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Making data tables more accessible

For data tables to be accessible, I like to take care of the graphic design, content design and mark-up. These three things work together to improve the way users able to find, use and understand the data. Last updated on 16 October 2020.

Whilst working at Office for National Statistics (ONS) I worked with my content design colleagues Laura and Paul to improve our tables.

We also worked with accessibility specialists at the Digital Accessibility Centre and the UK government accessibility community. I'm sharing these notes now before they're lost in a Google Drive forever.

Use semantic mark-up

Avoid complex markup

Think about structure

Borders can help

Avoid blank cells

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