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Re: Request for review of alt and alt value for authoring or publishing tools

From: James Graham <jg307@cam.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2008 11:11:28 +0100
Message-ID: <4805D0D0.1070200@cam.ac.uk>
To: Steven Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
CC: public-html@w3.org, wai-xtech@w3.org, wai-liaison@w3.org

Thanks for this example, Steve.

Steven Faulkner wrote:
> future:
> <img alt="useful text"> announces "graphic useful text"

In a typical graphical UA without image support this would simply be rendered as 
"useful text" (I see this kind of thing quite often in my feed reader, for example).

> <img alt="" noalt> announces "graphic"
> 
> <img> announces nothing

This is the case I don't understand. Why would UAs treat all images without alt 
the same way that they do decorative images? Given the image may well be 
critical to understanding the page, I would expect a non-visual UA to say 
something like "graphic [UA-dependent heuristics]". I would expect a visual UA 
without image support to indicate the presence of the image somehow and provide 
access to some information about the image.

> <img alt=""> announces nothing

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