# Re: Images and alternative text

Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2008 09:49:16 -0700



See (or listen to) the examples at
http://emacspeak.sourceforge.net/raman/aster/aster-toplevel.html
-- these demos are over 15 years old and were produced using the
system I built for my PhD at Cornell.

Boris Zbarsky writes:
>
> Ian Hickson wrote:
> > On Thu, 7 Aug 2008, Philip Taylor wrote:
> >>   <img src="..." alt="{x \over y} = {1 \over {y \over x}}">
> >
> ....
> >    <img src="..." alt="The fraction x over y is equal to 1 divided by the
> >    fraction y over x.">
>
> I'm not sure how things would work when listening (not much experience
> trying to listen to even moderately complicated math unaccompanied by
> visual representation here, and I suspect both approaches Really Suck
> for anything complicated, if only because working memory fills up), but
> if I were browsing in lynx I'd definitely prefer the former to the
> latter.
>
> Of course the real question here is target audience.  If this is a
> general-population-targeted document, with presumably simple equations,
> then the second alternative is better.  If the document is targeted at a
> more technical audience, and as the equation complexity increases, the
> first option becomes more and more readable compared to the second one.
>
> -Boris

--
Best Regards,
--raman

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