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Re: fear of "invisible metadata"

From: Ben Boyle <benjamins.boyle@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Jun 2007 00:46:06 +1000
Message-ID: <5f37426b0706220746u3c6a1b8qb495847b21c02743@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Maurice Carey" <maurice@thymeonline.com>
Cc: "HTML Working Group" <public-html@w3.org>

On 6/23/07, Maurice Carey <maurice@thymeonline.com> wrote:
>
> On 6/22/07 7:25 AM, "Sander Tekelenburg" <st@isoc.nl> wrote:
>
> >> <li><a><img title="a butterfly" alt="an image of a butterfly"></a></li>
> >>
> >> That seems sort of pointlessly repetitive to me.
> >
> > Indeed. The text "an image of a butterfly" is complementary, not an
> > alternative. It can make sense for a title attribute but is useless as ALT
> > text.
>
>
> What would you have put for the alt then?

Describe it. Colour, shape, size ... is it flying, resting on a
flower... all of this depends on context of course. I (personally)
think it is permissible to use alt="" as well, again depending on
context. Listen to some audio description and you'll get an idea for
what can be done. Really though, it's up to the content creators to
write good alt text (or not), nothing to do with HML5 specifications
... we just need to keep the accessibility hooks like @alt and
figure/legend :)
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