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

From: Thomas Higginbotham <thomas@thomashigginbotham.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2007 13:19:59 -0400
Message-ID: <46CDC1BF.903@thomashigginbotham.com>
To: public-html@w3.org
My point was to show that it can be relevant -- not to argue the 
morality of my friend. To placate your response, let's say that I read 
it on a forum somewhere instead of having my cruel friend describe it to 
me. :)

Alfonso Martínez de Lizarrondo wrote:
> 2007/8/23, Thomas Higginbotham <thomas@thomashigginbotham.com>:
>> I believe it to be very relevant. For example, if my sighted friend
>> tells me to click the image of the flag with stars and a large, red
>> asterisk in the left corner, and the alt text simply says, "Australia",
>> I might not have a clue what my friend is talking about. Alt text should
>> accurately describe the image to non-sighted users unless the image has
>> no purpose other than decoration. Using "Australia" as a tool-tip with
>> the title attribute is perfectly fine since that is the purpose of the
>> title attribute.
> If your sighted friend tells you that, knowing that you can't see the
> image, then your friend is very cruel.
> Even if you don't have problems with your vision, why would anyone
> tell you to click on a picture describing it that way instead of
> "click on the australian flag" "yeah, you know, the third one" ?

Thomas Higginbotham
Received on Thursday, 23 August 2007 17:22:51 UTC

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