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Re: Investigating the proposed alt attribute recommendations in HTML 5

From: Joshue O Connor <joshue.oconnor@cfit.ie>
Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2007 15:09:22 +0100
Message-ID: <46D6CF92.6090204@cfit.ie>
To: "Philip Taylor (Webmaster)" <P.Taylor@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
Cc: Steve Faulkner <sfaulkner@paciellogroup.com>, HTMLWG <public-html@w3.org>, wai-xtech@w3.org

Hi Philip.

>> 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.

I can't say *all* but certainly most do. A screen reader announces to
the user what the element is, so in this case the screen reader will
output (in this order).

Graphic/Image/Link/alt text/possibly title attribute contents.

Josh

Philip Taylor (Webmaster) wrote:
> 
> 
> 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 14:10:04 UTC

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