Use tables sparingly. Do not use tables for formatting.

Consider tables when you

  • Have a series of “if, then” requirements
  • Need to compare numbers, such as costs

If/Then example

If you send in your form...We must receive it by...
OnlineThe 15th of the month
By mailThe 25th of the month

Number comparison example

Intervention delivery costDefinitionNumber of interventionsPercentage of interventions
No costNo new change to delivery medium2718%
Very low costAdded email5839%
Moderate costAdded staffing costs as part of intervention delivery21%

Write descriptive labels for the columns and rows. Tables have specific accessibility requirements and may require 508 remediation.

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