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Re: Images and alternative text

From: T.V Raman <raman@google.com>
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2008 09:49:16 -0700
Message-ID: <18588.30988.242494.394681@retriever.corp.google.com>
To: bzbarsky@MIT.EDU
Cc: ian@hixie.ch, public-html@w3.org

See (or listen to) the examples at 
-- 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

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