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Mon, 18 Sep 2000 04:00:21 -0400
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I have long heard that using tables for formatting web pages into
columns causes problems for some screen readers because they read
the text directly across the page.  I am working with a client now
that has asked me to look into this, as they say that they have
found that sometimes this is a problem and sometimes it isn't.
One of the designers says she has found it to read down the left
column before proceeding to the right one (clearly, this is what
we would like); another says he has found it to read across the
screen regardless of table construction.  Both of these folks are
using JAWS, and we are wondering what other features (browser
version or other settings) might come into play here.

Any insights into this would be appreciated.  (I am familiar with
the WAI material on this topic.)


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