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Re: Add Example Explaining that Alt Text is Dependent Upon the Context

From: Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>
Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2007 23:40:57 +1000
Message-ID: <46CD8E69.3070609@lachy.id.au>
To: "Philip Taylor (Webmaster)" <P.Taylor@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
CC: public-html@w3.org, "Gregory J. Rosmaita" <oedipus@hicom.net>

Philip Taylor (Webmaster) wrote:
>>   I think it would be good if the spec included a set of examples to 
>> explain that the alt text is dependent upon the context in which the 
>> image is used...
>> For example, and picture of a flag, such as the Australian flag, may be
>> used in different contexts.
>> * As a link to a localised version of a site.
>>   <a href="/au"><img src="aus-flag.png" alt="Australia"></a>
> If I were a visually disabled visitor to a site, and 
> I were presented with the single word "Australia" as 
> ALT text, I cannot help but feel that I would be not 
> one jot wiser.  Gregory, can you help here ?

I said :dependent upon the context in which the image is used".  I just 
omitted the surrounding content that would provide the necessary context.

Lachlan Hunt
Received on Thursday, 23 August 2007 13:41:28 UTC

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