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Re: Investigating the proposed alt attribute recommendations in HTML 5

From: Philip Taylor (Webmaster) <P.Taylor@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2007 14:44:54 +0100
Message-ID: <46D6C9D6.20201@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
To: joshue.oconnor@cfit.ie
CC: Steve Faulkner <sfaulkner@paciellogroup.com>, HTMLWG <public-html@w3.org>, wai-xtech@w3.org



Joshue O Connor wrote:

> Steve Faulkner wrote:

>>  Because of the different support provided by AT the safest bet would be, if
>> the image is the sole content of a link,  a description of the links target
>> page, not a description of the image. for example:
>>
>> <img alt="Sgt.Pepper and Robinone Individual Photo Page">
> 
> Thats right. The screen reader user will not care that the image you
> have used is of a nice shiny aqua styled icon. In this context such
> information and description about the graphic itself is completely
> redundant. It is much better to describe for the user the link
> destination, or give then some information about what they can do or
> expect when they get there.

Do all AT clients tell their users when an image is a link ?

I ask because knowing where a link will take one is useful
only if one knows it is a link in the first place.

Philip TAYLOR
Received on Thursday, 30 August 2007 13:45:27 GMT

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