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Re: alt to text

From: Anne Pemberton <apembert@erols.com>
Date: Thu, 03 May 2001 06:50:38 -0400
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To: Adam Victor Reed <areed2@calstatela.edu>, w3c-wai-gl@w3.org

	Thanks for your answer. You said that "Picture of George Washington"
should be (picture: George Washington) ... which, in a speech reader with
punctuation turned of will read: "picture George Washington George
Washington in the French and Indian War" Is that an improvement over
"Picture of George Washington George Washington in the French and Indian
War" ??? It just doesn't seem like a substantive enough change for the
amount of fussing I got over it....

As to the "Ideal Web Page", it is an illustration and a question mark or
challenge would suggest that the illustration is inadequate. It is not
intended to be inadequate. I asked last week for help in designing the
componants of an ideal page, and your suggestions were limited to saying
the navigational controls should be available at top and bottom of the
page. The illustration is still unfinished so I am still open to more


At 10:46 PM 5/2/01 -0700, Adam Victor Reed wrote:
>On Wed, May 02, 2001 at 06:59:27PM -0400, Anne Pemberton wrote:
>> Alan,
>> 	Thanks for your helpful response. In the case of the "Picture of George
>> Washington", the title, which followed the picture on the same line was
>> "George Washington in the French and Indian War" ... the purpose of the
>> picture was to illustrate the "who" of the content ... In the case of the
>> "Illustration of an ideal web page", the picture is followed by Checkpoint
>> 3.2 ... The function is to illustrate the componants of a ideally
>> accessible web page. 
>> How would I word either of those in an alt tag?
>> 					Anne
>If the picture is a distinct element - which it is for case (1) -
>then it should be set apart with brackets, like this:
>alt=" [Picture of George Washington] "
>The second, "Illustration of an ideal web page", needs to be softened,
>perhaps with a question mark, unless you intend it as a challenge. My
>gut reaction was: Ideal for what? and to whom?
>I'd prefer
>alt="(picture: Ideal web page?)"
>but literature is, in some unavoidable part, a matter of style.
>				Adam Reed
>				areed2@calstatela.edu
>Context matters. Seldom does *anything* have only one cause.
Anne Pemberton

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