Tables in eLearn

Creating Accessible Tables in eLearn

Tables are a great way to organize and share data. However, without proper headings, a person using a screen reader can lose track of where they are in a table. Adding table headers can help those using screen readers know where they are.


  • Use tables for data only – never use tables for page layout.
  • Try to avoid spanning or merging table cells.
  • Don’t leave blank cells.
  • Be aware of contrast when shading cell backgrounds.

How to add Table Headers in eLearn

  1. Create your Table
  2. Highlight the header cells (you can highlight the entire row)
  3. Right click on highlighted cells
    • Choose: Cell → Table Cell Properties
  4. Under the General tab
    • Use the drop down menu for Cell Type
    • Select Header

Screenshot of a table created in the elearn shell with three columns and five rows. The header rows are Name, Birthday and Favorite Color.

Screenshot of the table above with the top row highlighed and the context menu open and

Screenshot of the new window that opens with the General tab selected and showing the options for the drop down menu for

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