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I have believed for years that screen readers, especially JAWS, are of absolutely unacceptable quality when it comes to their design and understanding of markup.
Iâ€™m in agreement with those above that think this data is tabular. Itâ€™s not just tabular data, itâ€™s a tabular form.
Tabular forms exist in the UI world as standard widgets â€“ any spreadsheet uses them, javax.swing, some colour pickers. Why can the designers of JAWS not comprehend these issues?
Why does JAWS not tell the user there is a table in this form, and give the user some indication of whatâ€™s in the table. Or perhaps it could look at tagsâ€¦ Instead of ignoring tables completely!
I an very much of the opinion that we should use tables and force the screen reader developers to push forward. Unfortunately, the recent onslaught of lawsuits against â€˜inaccessibleâ€™ websites doesnâ€™t do much to help the situation!
Nonetheless, if youâ€™re going to cave in against the screen readers, this is about the best way Iâ€™ve seen. Clicking on some of the labels does some slightly strange things in Opera, though..