The complex nature of tables relative to limited rendering area of typical reading systems has led to the worse practice of excluding the data in favor of images of the table, however. How helpful is a picture of data to someone who cannot see it?
The motivating hope behind this practice seems to be that images will take away rendering issues on small screens, but don’t fall into this trap. Not only are you taking the content away from readers who can’t see the table, but even if you can see the images they often get scaled down to illegibility and/or burst out the side of the reading are
- 2. Building a Better EPUB: Fundamental Accessibility
- from Accessible EPUB 3
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Inc.
- Released: February 2012
Yes, if you put tables in graphics you need to describe those graphics. More work for you.
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