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Re: User Testing of Accessiblity Features

From: Marghanita da Cruz <marghanita@ramin.com.au>
Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2007 09:26:31 +1000
Message-ID: <46D4AF27.5020401@ramin.com.au>
To: "Philip Taylor (Webmaster)" <P.Taylor@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
CC: Alastair Campbell <ac@nomensa.com>, Debi Orton <oradnio@wsg.net>, Andrew Kirkpatrick <akirkpat@adobe.com>, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>, WAI Interest Group list <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>, www-archive <www-archive@w3.org>

Philip Taylor (Webmaster) wrote:
> Alastair Campbell wrote:
>> The issue at hand is not spacers, but content images that do not have
>> useful alts, and no realistic means of adding them.
> Is it ?  I understood the debate as being more about
> the assertion (which I share) that there is no such thing
> as a content image that cannot have useful ALT
> information added (as opopsed to "does not have", which
> is just describing the status quo of a large number
> of extant web pages).  "Spacer" images, I believe
> most of us agree, are best marked up (in current
> syntax) as <img alt="">.

Further to the discussion of the use of national flags to indicate languages and
the suggestion that the text from the standard be incorporated into authoring
tools to guide authors, it seems to be a trend in having Government crests/coats
of arms link to a government's home page/portal entry.

By way of another case for the direct application of the HTML Standard text see
NSW Government Style Directive. It specifies AA accessibility and Verdana or 
Arial font, myself I would have thought specifying Sans Serif would have been 

The NSW foodauthority has specified a different alt text for NSW coat of
arms - reportedly with the benefit of the draft directive.

Am I right, in guessing that screen readers inform the visually impaired user 
whether there is a hyperlink and what it is, irrespective of the alt text?

Marghanita da Cruz
Phone: (+61)0414 869202
Received on Tuesday, 28 August 2007 23:28:02 UTC

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