When to use tables

Avoid tables if you can because it's hard to make them accessible. Screen readers have trouble reading them. If you decide you need to use a table, only use it to present data.

Do not use tables for cosmetic changes to a layout, for example, to present a list because you think it looks better that way.

Consider the alternatives

A table may not always be the best way to present your content.

A simple table can often be replaced with:

  • a single bulleted list, using semi-colons or periods to separate the information; or
  • a series of bulleted lists with headings and subheadings.

Find out how to format tables and make them more accessible. 

Last update:
Aug 7, 2019