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Re: More about <alt>

From: Olivier GENDRIN <olivier.gendrin@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 6 Sep 2007 14:03:00 +0200
Message-ID: <e2c275120709060503o1ad11201ndd7f91d71b75bb03@mail.gmail.com>
To: public-html@w3.org

On 9/6/07, Sander Tekelenburg <st@isoc.nl> wrote:
>
> At 10:10 +0200 UTC, on 2007-09-06, Olivier GENDRIN wrote:
>
> > On 9/5/07, Sander Tekelenburg <st@isoc.nl> wrote:
> >> Considering all that, is there really a need for both a short and a long
> >> equivalent?
> >
> > An example from
> > http://www.w3.org/TR/1999/REC-html401-19991224/struct/tables.html#h-11.1
> > : http://www.w3.org/TR/1999/REC-html401-19991224/images/mergedcells.gif.
> >
> > (I only consider the image, not the text surrounding it). If the image
> > is used without proper explanations in the text, how could you give a
> > short alternative *and* a full description of it's content ?
>
> I'm not sure I understand. Why would using two <alt> elements, as in my
> previous message, not work in this particular case?
>
> Btw, something cute about this example is that it shows how easily an author
> could provide even much richer equivalents, serving more browsing
> environments better:
>
> <img id="mergedcells" src="mergedcells.gif">
> <!-- anything or nothing -->
> <alt for="mergedcells" title="short textual equivalent"
> type="text/html">blah</alt>
> <alt for="mergedcells" title="long description" type="text/html>blah,
> blah</alt>
> <alt for="mergedcells" title="tabular equivalent" type="text/html">
> <table border="1" summary="This table gives some statistics about fruit
> flies: average height and weight, and percentage with red eyes (for both
> males and females).">
> <caption><em>A test table with merged cells</em></caption>
> <tr><th rowspan="2"><th colspan="2">Average
>     <th rowspan="2">Red<br>eyes
>     <tr><th>height<th>weight
>     <tr><th>Males<td>1.9<td>0.003<td>40%
>     <tr><th>Females<td>1.7<td>0.002<td>43%
> </table>
> </alt>

Ok, I understand better what you meant. But in that case, I wish that
your 3 titles where replaced by an attribute that would said :
'alternative', 'short description', 'long description' (@role ?).

-- 
Olivier G.
http://www.lespacedunmatin.info/blog/
Received on Thursday, 6 September 2007 12:03:10 UTC

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