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Re: ALT text revisited

From: Liam Quinn <liam@htmlhelp.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 1998 20:48:45 -0500
Message-Id: <3.0.5.32.19980217204845.00a488c0@undergrad.math.uwaterloo.ca>
To: David Poehlman <poehlman@clark.net>
Cc: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
At 08:31 PM 17/02/98 -0500, David Poehlman wrote:
>as you described it reading seemlessly, we won't know what a clickable
>thing is.  if it is an immage of a button that you have to click on, I've
>found that saying so let's me know where to click.
>e.g. "submit button".

Shouldn't the browser indicate that an image is a submit button (by a
different voice, or an audio icon before reading the ALT text, etc.)?

>On Tue, 17 Feb 1998,
>Liam Quinn wrote:
>
>> At 08:52 AM 17/02/98 -0500, David Poehlman wrote:
>> >comments marked with dhp below.
>> 
>> My comments are prefixed with LQ::
>> 
>> >dhp if it is a button, say it is a button.
>> 
>> LQ::  Why?  How does knowing it's a button provide you with any information
>> about the *content* of the page?  The fact that a button is on the page
>> provides no more information than knowing that the text is in Times New
>> Roman and fuchsia.  What is needed is to know what the button represents,
>> and for that the presence of the button itself is just a distraction if you
>> can't actually see it.

--
Liam Quinn
Web Design Group            Enhanced Designs, Web Site Development
http://www.htmlhelp.com/    http://enhanced-designs.com/
Received on Tuesday, 17 February 1998 20:48:23 GMT

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