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

From: Philip Taylor (Webmaster) <P.Taylor@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2007 14:49:15 +0100
Message-ID: <46CD905B.9050202@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
To: Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>
CC: public-html@w3.org, "Gregory J. Rosmaita" <oedipus@hicom.net>

None the less, I prefer to defer to Gregory who
can provide first-hand insight into whether
"Australia" as ALT text might be sufficient in
certain contexts, and -- if so -- how we might
go about codifying those contexts so as to ensure
that the specification leaves no doubt as to
the context(s) in which such terse ALT text
could justifiably be used.

Philip Taylor
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Lachlan Hunt wrote:
> 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.
> 
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