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Re: Accessibility of ALT texts

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2001 13:31:34 -0400 (EDT)
To: Lois Wakeman <lois@lois.co.uk>
cc: <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0104101329570.15400-100000@tux.w3.org>
Hi Lois,

the relevant group is teh WAI User Agent Accessibility Guidelines group
http://www.w3.org/WAI/AU and they recognise requirements such as this in
their guidelines which have just entered "last call" -
http://www.w3.org/TR/UAAG10 - you might like to review that  (rather large)
document. It is about how to make browsers, and other user agents such as
multimedia plugins, accessible.


Charles McCN

On Tue, 10 Apr 2001, Lois Wakeman wrote:

  Not sure if you are the right person to ask, but is there any work being
  done in the CSS or WAI WGs about this?

  By default, the ALT text displayed while an image is loading is pretty small
  in most browsers, and it occurs to me that either by giving a guideline for
  user agents, or by defining a CSS pseudo-class on IMG (and perhaps one for
  tooltip-style descriptions), it would be possible to allow page authors to
  make pages more accessible. I realise that assistive technology doesn't
  require human-readable text, but it would improve things a lot for those
  people with less-than-perfect acuity, who do not need the page to be read to

  Kind regards,

  Lois Wakeman


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