Indicating Table Headers in Word
This tutorial from Colorado State University covers how to use the table header property in MS Word to create tables with important structural information necessary to make them more accessible. Headers help readers understand how tables are organized into columns and rows. While many table creators indicate header rows by changing their appearance (e.g., using fonts and background colors), such changes provide little or no information about the structure of the table. A document that relies entirely on visual formatting will, when converted to HTML or PDF, lack the structural information needed by readers who use assistive technology. This tutorial covers how to specify table headers in MS Word 2003, 2007, and 2010.