[users] Tables in Gemtext

Katarina Eriksson gmym at coopdot.com
Sat Jan 2 06:39:14 GMT 2021

 <colecmac at protonmail.com> wrote:

> > 3.  ASCII tables are anything but screenreader friendly, since there's no
> >     semantic information about the table's structure.
> Yes, that's the main problem in my opinion. I don't see a great solution
> really.
> Perhaps if the word table is in the alt text (an unofficial idea, which is
> the
> text right after the first backtick line), a really good client could
> interpret
> where the cells are and read them? It would be error-prone of course, and
> still
> not very accessible.

Unofficial? It's in section "5.4.3 Preformatting toggle lines" in the spec.

The proper way to use alt text in this case is to describe the information
in the table as if you are talking to someone on the phone, essentially
duplicating the information in prose. This can get tedious in big tables.

For simple two column tables, you could replace them with lists.

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