Accessibility—Artifact tables for layout, but keep their content
Sometimes designers use a table for layout purposes, not for a traditional spreadsheet-like matrix data in columns and rows.
Example: A table that creates a complex, multi-celled form. For layout, it's easier to create rows and columns to hold the form labels and form control fields.
However, when the form is exported to PDF, the table structure itself is not needed and often gets in the way of many assistive technologies.
Need a way to artifact the table structure itself, but retain the content within the table as live text and form fields. And of course, have it correctly tagged and in the correct reading orders in the PDF.
Some sample forms are attached.
As a Federal employee, I need this in order to comply with the law.
AMEN, Bevi! I came here desperately hoping for the same answer.