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Re: Alt Text for A Key Part of the Content

From: Ben Boyle <benjamins.boyle@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2007 01:04:42 +1000
Message-ID: <5f37426b0708280804l3d3a8c3cw150655812b3e4349@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Marghanita da Cruz" <marghanita@ramin.com.au>
Cc: "Lachlan Hunt" <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>, public-html <public-html@w3.org>
There's plenty of good advice out there. I read this article soday
that seems particularly good:

For example:
Given a photograph of the University of Texas tower, for example,
simple alt text that says, "UT tower" might not be terribly useful to
someone who has never seen the tower, though it may be useful to
someone who knows what the tower looks like. But alt text that says,
"Evening view of UT tower aglow after a big Texas win" is better,
because it is meaningful to anyone, sighted or not—it projects pride,
kinship, tradition. It conveys very particular emotions using
revealing language.


On 8/27/07, Marghanita da Cruz <marghanita@ramin.com.au> wrote:
> Lachlan Hunt wrote:
> >
> <snip>
> > The spec could possibly also include a requirement for authoring tools
> > to provide a mechanism for the author to provide alt text, perhaps with
> > a reference to the ATAG spec [2].
> Context and Help reference to the standard, in authoring tools, is a great idea!
> Would there be any IP issues on the text of the standard?
> There seems to be a focus on translating text encapsulated in an image into ALT
> text, perhaps it would be worth stating that as one application of the ALT Tag.
> Is it worth looking into an ALT text microformat/metadata eg. location, artist,
> date, photograph, drawing/illustration?
> Turn images off and check out
> <http://www.pictureaustralia.org/>
> Marghanita
> --
> Marghanita da Cruz
> http://www.ramin.com.au
> Phone: (+61)0414 869202
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