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Re: alt to text

From: Anne Pemberton <apembert@erols.com>
Date: Thu, 03 May 2001 19:08:50 -0400
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To: A.Flavell@physics.gla.ac.uk
Cc: WAI Guidelines List <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Alan, you bring out the two purposes of illustrations: those which
reinforce the content, and those that include information not included in
the text. Again, these two purposes of illustrations need to be addressed
in the guidelines, and details on how to handle the alt tag for them should
be available ...

Also, where the preferences for visual text-only users varies from the
preferences for non-visual text-only users, there needs to be a
reconciliation of what will be "expected" of conscientious authors. 


At 10:54 PM 5/3/01 +0100, Alan J. Flavell wrote:
>To some extent I'd submit that the choice may depend on whether the
>illustration is vital to your purpose, or was merely meant to be
>illustrative or reinforcing of some main theme.  In the former case
>then you may have no alternative than to hit the reader with the fact
>that there was a complex picture here, and get them to read the
>supporting long description (the notorious "thousand words") to get
>the best out of it.

Anne Pemberton

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