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alt text and applets

From: Leonard R. Kasday <kasday@acm.org>
Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2000 14:18:56 -0500
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To: w3c-wai-er-ig@w3.org
Re whether ALT text is needed for an applet if an appropriate equivalent is 
in the content of the applet.

I had an action item to ask WCAG that of WCAG, but it turns out that WCAG 
already says in checkpoint 1.1:

    Use "alt" for the IMG, INPUT, and APPLET elements, or provide a text 
    in the content of the OBJECT and APPLET elements.
end quote

Given that word "or" I think it's clear that WCAG does not require ALT text 
when there's an appropriate textual equivalent.

However, that checkpoint seems to imply that all you should put in is 
ordinary text, analogous to ALT text.  Sometimes it's advantageous to 
insert more general accessible HTML.  That's the issue I'm going to raise 
to WCAG.


Leonard R. Kasday, Ph.D.
Institute on Disabilities/UAP, and
Department of Electrical Engineering
Temple University
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