RFR: JDK-8186466: Fix accessibility and other minor issues in java.base

Martin Buchholz martinrb at google.com
Mon Aug 21 16:46:20 UTC 2017

On Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 9:38 AM, Jonathan Gibbons <
jonathan.gibbons at oracle.com> wrote:

> On 8/20/17 4:11 PM, Martin Buchholz wrote:
> Again, I am happy to take the current state of this change.
> On Sat, Aug 19, 2017 at 2:19 PM, Jonathan Gibbons <
> jonathan.gibbons at oracle.com> wrote:
>> Actually, thead and tbody have no direct significance for accessibility.
>> They provide a semantic differentiation of the content, and provide a hook
>> for different styling, as you have seen for "striped". Also note, although
>> you can have many <tbody>, you can only have at most one <thead>, and at
>> most one <tfoot>.
> Looking at  Summary of BlockingDeque methods again, we have what might
> logically be a thead in the middle of a table, and the law of "only one
> thead, and only at the beginning" might be yet another hint that the html
> gods want us to split this table.  This could become a nested table with
> two rows, one for "first" and one for "last", each of which contains a
> subtable with a thead.
> I can investigate that.
> I would ask, why is this materially different from a new left-most column
> in a single table, but I guess one response would be that the subtables
> could be striped, which would give visual consistency with similar tables.

Right - the new theads could get that fashionable #DDD background like the
other tables.

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