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Re: Okay, is this better?

From: Liam Quinn <liam@htmlhelp.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 18:51:56 -0500
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To: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
At 10:59 AM 25/03/98 -0500, Chris Maden wrote on w3c-wai-ig:
>(2) This is the reason I'm posting this here instead of mailing Joyce
>directly.  <img alt="purple line">.  While designing for access, it's
>important to consider the sighted viewers too!  I see three audiences
>for the alt text: graphic browser users with image loading turned off,
>text browser users, and visually impaired users.  Those with image
>loading turned off want to know whether to load the image.  For them,
>an indication of whether or not a line is interesting enough to load
>is worthwhile.  But for text browser users, a snippet of text doesn't
>have the same effect as a rule does - it doesn't break up the page in
>the same way.  Using ASCII-graphic alt text helps them.  And I think
>that most screen readers skip most punctuation.  I think a combination
>alt text would work well for all three audiences: maybe something like
><img alt="purple line________________________________"> and
><img alt="zig-zag line /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\"> would
>work well.

I would use

<IMG ALT="-------------------------" TITLE="Purple line">

ALT as replacement text, TITLE as an image title:  If we treat these
attributes this way, we get simplicity and consistency.

Liam Quinn
Web Design Group            Enhanced Designs, Web Site Development
http://www.htmlhelp.com/    http://enhanced-designs.com/
Received on Wednesday, 25 March 1998 18:52:08 UTC

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