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For Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) websites, follow these guidelines for creating Section 508-compliant data tables in the Energy.gov content management system.

Designate Row and Column Headers

You must designate row and/or column headings for your table to be accessible. To do this:

  • Place your cursor in the heading cell.
  • Right click and select Cell > Cell Properties.
  • Under "Cell Type," change the drop-down menu to "Header."

Add Captions

Captions are not required, but they're helpful for both sighted and blind users. A caption is a short description that appears above the table. They provide greater context for the data in your table. To add a caption to your table:

  1. Select the table.
  2. Right-click and select "Table Properties."
  3. Add the caption under the "Table Properties" tab.