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Comment LC-1075

From: Gian Sampson-Wild <gian@tkh.com.au>
Date: Sat, 7 Jul 2007 00:58:59 +1000
To: "'Loretta Guarino Reid'" <lorettaguarino@google.com>
Cc: <public-comments-WCAG20@w3.org>
Message-ID: <005601c7bfde$3279b370$b300a8c0@tkhcomputer>

Comment 52:

Source: http://www.w3.org/mid/001f01c695f9$31b504e0$9288b23a@tkhcomputer
(Issue ID: LC-1075)

Example 6: Add another alt text example "Shaking a world leader's hand can
subtly affect the distribution of power in the relationship" and "Shaking
hands is a purely Western artifice"

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Response from Working Group:
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The Working Group feels that your first proposed example reveals an opinion
and is thus not appropriate alternative text for the situation described in
the photograph.  While the second alternative may be true, it does not
sufficiently describe the image.  We have not updated the example with these
additional alternatives. Instead, we are including the following example:

On one page a checkmark is used to indicate that an item should be ordered
and and on another page it is used to indicate that a step has been
completed.  The same alt text "checked" could be used but since they serve
different purposes, different text alternative may make it easier to
understand.
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Response from GSW:
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How does this fit with testability? Surely if the same alternative text
could be used, or different alternative text could be used then it doesn't
conform with testability.
Any my comment was about what images are intended to convey - sometimes they
are specific to the site. Another (perhaps clearer) example would be an
image of the world. On a travel site the alternative text might be
"International travel" (especially if it is used to link to the
international travel section). On an environmental site the alternative text
might be "Our earth is precious", or "We've only got one earth so we must
treasure it". On a university web site it might be "international campuses".
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