Add a Table to eCampus
- Place your cursor in the text box where you would like the table to appear.
- Click the
Insert/Edit Table icon in the text editor.
- In the
General tab, enter the number of
Rows your table should have.
Make Your Table Accessible
Specify a header row
The header row is the first row in a table, and it should be used to identify the topic of each column. This provides context for the data and assists screen readers in navigating the table.
- For each cell in the header row, add text describing the information in that column.
- Select the entire header row.
- Click the
Table Row Properties icon in the text editor.
- On the
General tab, choose
Header from the
Row Type drop-down menu.
Add alt text to the table
It can be time-consuming to
read a table with a screen reader. Use alt text to add a short summary of the table information so that screen reader users can decide if they want to read it.
- Place your cursor anywhere in the table and click
Insert/Edit Table in the text editor.
- Choose the
- In the ID text box, enter a title for the table.
- In the Summary text box, enter a brief description of the table's contents.
Video Tutorial: Creating Accessible Tables in Blackboard
Other Table Accessibility Tips
Use a simple table structure
Avoid tables nested within other tables, and merged or split cells. All of these will make it very difficult, if not impossible, for screen readers to provide helpful information about the table.
Avoid blank cells
Never leave the left uppermost cell blank; it's the first cell a screen reader user will encounter. Blank cells anywhere in the table could also mislead someone using a screen reader into thinking that there's nothing more in the table.
Use tables for information, not layout
Avoid using tables to make the layout of the page look a certain way. It's best to only use tables when presenting rows and columns of related information.