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How to author ALT="" [was: RE: [w3c-wai-gl] <none>]

From: Daniel Dardailler <danield@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 1998 08:35:48 +0100
Message-Id: <199802170735.IAA06486@www47.inria.fr>
To: "Charles (Chuck) Oppermann" <chuckop@microsoft.com>
cc: "'GL - WAI Guidelines WG'" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>, w3c-wai-au@w3.org

[migrating this one to AU]

> <<2)  What some people consider decorative other people consider
> information.
>  More importantly, if alt="" is a legitimate strategy for anything that
> does not see important, it's possible that page authors might use it
> overmuch, removing much content.>>
> How does a authoring tool put in ALT=""?  To an authoring tool, a empty edit
> box means no text, not NULL text.  I would have to manually edit the HTML
> source to put in ALT="" in the places where I wanted it.  People are not
> likely to put in NULL ALT's anyway and this additional burden might sink the
> possibility altogether.

This is assuming current authoring tool practice.

Adding a boolean radio button "Decorative: yes/no" that would have the
AT insert ALT="" in the IMG tag is a no brainer.

Or, since ALT is now required, hitting return in an empty edit box
could just mean that: decorative, and the AT would insert ALT=""
(although this one will probably be abused, so I'd rather have the AT
ask for confirmation)
Received on Tuesday, 17 February 1998 02:36:26 UTC

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