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Re: Alternate text for images.

From: Robert A. Rosenberg <bob.rosenberg@digitscorp.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Dec 1998 16:10:26 -0500
Message-Id: <4.1.19981222160617.00a658a0@pop.walrus.com>
To: Andrew McCutcheon <a_mccutcheon@hotmail.com>, w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
At 10:47 AM 12/22/98 -0500, Andrew McCutcheon wrote:
>    Why is it necessary to provide alternate text for all images?  I
>have been using JAWS for windows with Internet explorer.  For example,
>at the top of every page on the kingston regional police site there is a
>banner surrounded by two thin blue lines.  I feel that the lines are
>mostly aesthetic.  Having 'thin blue line' read to me every time I visit
>a page doesn't mean much to me, it just takes up time.  Is there a
>situation where alternate text for those thin blue lines would be
>    Andrew.

If the thin blue line is not a selection (link) or display spot, the alt
can be ALT=''. If that banner is a link or supplies info (such as
identifying the page name or contents), then there should be some text in
the ALT associated with the Banner Image. 
Received on Tuesday, 22 December 1998 16:12:08 UTC

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