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Re: several messages relating to the alt="" attribute

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2008 20:01:26 +0000 (UTC)
To: Leif Halvard Silli <lhs@malform.no>
Cc: "Dr. Olaf Hoffmann" <Dr.O.Hoffmann@gmx.de>, public-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0804111956160.7575@hixie.dreamhostps.com>

On Fri, 11 Apr 2008, Leif Halvard Silli wrote:
> 
>    <img alt='card 14' src="r14.jpg'>
> 
> should be just fine. It is short, and it would not miss any points. It 
> should be more accessible than the spec is now.

I disagree that the AT reading the spec's example as "Card 1. A black 
outline of the first of the ten cards in the Rorschach inkblot test." 
would be better than it reading it as "(AT-specific cue that an unknown 
image is present). A black outline of the first of the ten cards in the 
Rorschach inkblot test."

"Card 1" is not an alternative for Rorschach1.jpg, it's a title.

   <figure>
    <img title="Card 1" src=r1.jpg>
    <legend>A black outline of the first of the ten cards
    in the Rorschach inkblot test.</legend>
   </figure>

...would be ok, the AT could render that as (where /.../ indicates an 
AT-specific voice cue): "/Image with title: Card 1./ A black outline of 
the first of the ten cards in the Rorschach inkblot test."

The point being that the alt="" attributes indicates that the existence of 
the image doesn't need to be conveyed to the user at all, but here we do 
want to convey the presence of the image.

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