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Re: Latest Revision

From: Shadi Abou-Zahra <shadi@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 04 Feb 2009 14:18:41 +0100
Message-ID: <498995B1.2050808@w3.org>
To: Bad TaskForce <public-wai-eo-badtf@w3.org>

Hi all,

Eric Eggert wrote:
>> The "Sunny spells" graphic at the very top would be a good
>> candidate for alt="", since the present alt text would be
>> redundant and perhaps confusing in this position for a
>> listener (already included in the "Today" line) -- despite
>> William Loughborough's argument to the contrary on the EOWG
>> mailing list.
> Id second that. That image is really not that important. Alternatively 
> we could link it to a weather reports page (which someone has yet to 
> create, that would be a nice example for long descriptions of images, 
> too, think of weather maps or the like).
> Probably worth a discussion on wednesday.

Yes, worth brief discussion. The initial idea was that both this graphic 
and the text in the header area (traffic news and date) *pretend* to be 
dynamic. In other words, they are static but imitate dynamic content. In 
this case, the ALT-attribute is significant for the graphic (it could 
also say "Rainy" or "Windy" or whatever the graphic presents).

It seems that this point is not clear and can lead to confusion (as it 
did right here). The question is could the "in-between" pages clarify 
the aim of this graphic (and ALT-attribute) or do we need to reconsider 
this whole idea?


Shadi Abou-Zahra - http://www.w3.org/People/shadi/ |
   WAI International Program Office Activity Lead   |
  W3C Evaluation & Repair Tools Working Group Chair |
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