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Re: One more thought about requiring the alt to add to the pile

From: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2008 20:48:49 +0300
To: David Poehlman <david.poehlman@handsontechnologeyes.com>
Message-Id: <632A2217-7E8D-4136-AC55-9A979D80CAF2@iki.fi>
Cc: "Steven Faulkner" <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>, <public-html@w3.org>, "W3C WAI-XTECH" <wai-xtech@w3.org>, <wai-liaison@w3.org>

On Apr 20, 2008, at 19:03, David Poehlman wrote:

> This is dangerous though as if you need to know that the text is  
> null alted,
> you won't even know to look so JAWS should at least announce  
> "graphic".


I'm not sure I follow. Isn't the whole point of the empty string as  
alt that the image can be totally removed from the non-graphic  
rendering as in Safari+VoiceOver and Lynx? (And that's why it is so  
bad to use the empty string alt on images whose presence needs to be  
announced for the surrounding page to appear sensible.)

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Henri Sivonen
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