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RE: Image alt in WAI process intro

From: Andrew Arch <Andrew.Arch@visionaustralia.org>
Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2006 12:38:41 +1000
Message-ID: <A921AF4A5FC01245A8D846D004B61B360192C027@KOOXCH01.visionaustralia.org>
To: <love26@gorge.net>, "Shawn Henry" <shawn@w3.org>
Cc: "EOWG \(E-mail\)" <w3c-wai-eo@w3.org>

William wrote:
> Because we are the WAI, I think it's OK to use the descriptive text.

We get two different responses from Vision Australia clients. Those who
have never had sight, want a fast reading page with minimal "noise", and
do not want alt text on images that are not 100% informative. Some of
the clients who have had sight, prefer to know what images are on the
page regardless.

On this basis, as most sights are not for entertainment, we tend to lean
towards recommending minimal alt text, and only where it adds value.
Think about it as though you were reading the page to someone over the
telephone - do they need to know about the images? If yes, what do they
need to know?

My two-bobs worth.  Andrew

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Dr Andrew Arch
Manager Online Accessibility Consulting
Vision Australia - Accessible Information Solutions
Ph. +61 (0)3 9864 9282; Mob: 0438 755 565
http://www.visionaustralia.org.au/ais/


> -----Original Message-----
> From: w3c-wai-eo-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-eo-request@w3.org] On
> Behalf Of William Loughborough
> Sent: Tuesday, 19 September 2006 9:39 AM
> To: Shawn Henry
> Cc: EOWG (E-mail)
> Subject: Re: Image alt in WAI process intro
>
>
> Shawn Henry wrote:
>
> > What are your thoughts on providing descriptive alt text such as is
> > there now, or null alt text?
>
> Because we are the WAI, I think it's OK to use the descriptive text. I
> also think the null solution would be acceptable, but we should do
more
> than that for illustrative purposes.
>
> We might even include a note that although we're showing what we say
> we're showing, it's only marginally informative and could be "".
>
> Love.




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