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Re: Feedback on use of ALT

From: Liam Quinn <liam@htmlhelp.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 1998 08:40:43 -0500
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To: Chetz Colwell <C.G.Colwell@herts.ac.uk>, w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
At 10:20 AM 16/02/98 +0000, Chetz Colwell wrote:
>Leonard Kasday suggested that it would be a good idea to get feedback on
>the use of ALT text from a wider cross section of blind users, especially
>those who do not participate in listservs.
>I am in the process of setting up an evaluation of some aspects of the WAI
>Page Author Guidelines and Checklist.  I will be asking blind Web users to
>evaluate Web pages designed to the Guidelines.  The pages could include a
>variety of different presentations of various elements, such as different
>uses of ALT text.

My impression from the AT&T test information posted is that many blind
users, like sighted users, view the Web as a visual medium, and hence seek
ALT text to describe a page visually.  This is a problem that has to be
overcome if the Web is to become truly accessible.  At the same time, I
find it hard to imagine user testing that would not be clouded by this
misconception.  Perhaps what is needed is users who know nothing about the

Liam Quinn
Web Design Group            Enhanced Designs, Web Site Development
http://www.htmlhelp.com/    http://enhanced-designs.com/
Received on Monday, 16 February 1998 08:39:59 UTC

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