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Organize content in layout tables so it linearizes properly

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Make sure the reading order of content organized in tables renders meaningfully

Whenever tables are used for layout and content is positioned in different cells, authors run the risk of creating a discrepancy between the visual presentation of the content and how assistive technologies will interpret that content. Since screen readers work with the underlying markup, they read tables row-by-row and cell-by-cell, therefore reading each cell in its entirety before moving on to the next. In order to preserve a logical reading order, authors need to make sure linearization does not [...]

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