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

From: Maurice Carey <maurice@thymeonline.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2007 10:45:19 -0400
To: HTML Working Group <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <C2F315BF.3C7F%maurice@thymeonline.com>

On 8/23/07 9:35 AM, "Philip Taylor (Webmaster)" <P.Taylor@Rhul.Ac.Uk> wrote:

> 
> 
> 
> Lachlan Hunt wrote:
>> 
>> Hi,
>>   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, and the purpose it is used for.  So the same image may be
>> used in different locations and have entirely different alt text.
>> 
>> 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 ?
> 
> ** Phil.
> 

I agree with Philip. That example is what I'd imagine a tooltip saying. I
honestly have no idea what Australia's flag looks like. If I came across a
site that for whatever reason didn't have the uk or usa flag I'd scrub my
mouse across the flags until I got to tooltip of a country name that I knew
spoke english.

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