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RE: advice on alt text for image maps

From: Léonie Watson <tink@tink.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 07 Jan 2014 15:39:15 +0000
To: "'Jukka K. Korpela'" <jukka.k.korpela@kolumbus.fi>, "'HTMLWG WG'" <public-html@w3.org>
Cc: "'HTML Accessibility Task Force'" <public-html-a11y@w3.org>
Message-ID: <009001cf0bbe$8ed85df0$ac8919d0$@tink.co.uk>
Jukka K. Korpela wrote:
"There's a point in announcing the presence of an image, but I would still
say that the prime objective of the alt attribute is to help people who
cannot see the image at all."

Agreed. There is a point in announcing the image, and the prime objective of
the alt text is to inform people who cannot see what the image contains.

"To them, telling them that there is an image is normally useless and
disturbing."

Can you point to the research/feedback from blind people that suggests this?

Speaking personally, I think it's helpful to know when a link is graphical.
That information is available to sighted people, and so it should also be
available to blind people.

Léonie.
Received on Tuesday, 7 January 2014 15:40:00 UTC

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