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Re: ALT text (re Gregg Vanderheiden) (fwd)

From: Liam Quinn <liam@htmlhelp.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 1998 08:29:38 -0500
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To: WAI Guidelines List <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
At 11:14 AM 18/02/98 +0000, Alan J. Flavell wrote:
>It's the job of the browser to alert the reader to the fact that this
>ALT text is standing-in for an image, by whatever means the browser
>designer chooses.  Most browsers make that clear (it's not quite
>obvious with Lynx, I admit;

I don't think it should be clear.  Since the ALT text is a replacement for
the image, the average reader shouldn't even know which text is normal text
and which is ALT text.  A document presented aurally would flow much better
without screams of "Hey, there's an image here".  Naturally the user should
have the option to enable those distractions if he or she chooses, but, in
my opinion, the default should be for ALT text and normal text to be

I prefer Lynx's default presentation of ALT text.

Liam Quinn
Web Design Group            Enhanced Designs, Web Site Development
http://www.htmlhelp.com/    http://enhanced-designs.com/
Received on Wednesday, 18 February 1998 09:40:47 UTC

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