# Re: Images and alternative text

From: Philip TAYLOR (Ret'd) <P.Taylor@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
Date: Thu, 07 Aug 2008 21:04:52 +0100
Message-ID: <489B5564.5050505@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
To: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
CC: Philip Taylor <pjt47@cam.ac.uk>, "public-html@w3.org" <public-html@w3.org>


Ian Hickson wrote:
> On Thu, 7 Aug 2008, Philip Taylor wrote:
>>   <img src="..." alt="{x \over y} = {1 \over {y \over x}}">
>
> ...would be a horrific alternative text to give a screen reader.
>
> I don't think it's equivalent to the image at all. It's the source of a
> program that was used to generate the image, but that's not the same
> thing.

It /may/ be the source of a program, but far more
importantly it is an internationally recognised way
of conveying the meaning of the image in a linearised
fashion.

(The other) Philip TAYLOR

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