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Re: fear of "invisible metadata"

From: Philip Taylor (Webmaster) <P.Taylor@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2007 15:29:49 +0100
Message-ID: <467BDCDD.4080700@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
To: Sander Tekelenburg <st@isoc.nl>
CC: public-html@w3.org



Sander Tekelenburg 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.

I am interested in this assertion.  Suppose, instead, the ALT text
read "Papilio xuthus : photographed resting on leaf of Phelloderldron amurensis;
image taken using Zuiko macro lens at 4cm on Olympus OM4-Ti, f/16, 0,5 seconds,
ISO 100 (ring flash); photograph taken 05:17 on Monday 18-Jun-2006, Kuril Island".
Would that also be (in your opinion) "useless as ALT text", and if so, can you
suggest what suitable ALT text might be ?

Philip Taylor
Received on Friday, 22 June 2007 15:08:19 UTC

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