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

From: Marghanita da Cruz <marghanita@ramin.com.au>
Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2007 08:15:30 +1000
Message-ID: <46CE0702.6060308@ramin.com.au>
To: Alfonso Martínez de Lizarrondo <amla70@gmail.com>
CC: Thomas Higginbotham <thomas@thomashigginbotham.com>, public-html@w3.org

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" ?

This discussion demonstrates my argument against use of graphics for hyperlinks 
for both the sighted and unsighted.

The best sights are those that say for example...

Deustch | Espagnol | English (US) | English (Au) | Arabic in Arabic | Chinese in 
Chinese ...

Marghanita
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