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RE: alt title and links

From: Charles F. Munat <chas@munat.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2001 03:13:19 -0700
To: "WAI Guidelines WG" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
What about:

<a href="search.html"><img
    alt="Search (Note: icon is a magnifying glass)"

To me, this seems to include the benefits of both. First, it identifies the
purpose of the control: to bring up the search page. Second, it describes
the visual clue that identifies that function: an icon of a magnifying

The benefit, as I see it, is that now the VI user knows both, so she can get
to the search page, but she can also write an email to her non-VI friend and
say "just click on the magnifying glass icon to go to the search page."

I've been playing around with this one for a while. It doesn't work for
everything, but for controls it seems to offer the best of both worlds. (And
it solves the problem with which takes precedence, title or alt.)

Chas. Munat

> -----Original Message-----
> From: w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org]On
> Behalf Of Alan J. Flavell
> Sent: Sunday, August 19, 2001 7:42 AM
> To: Matt May
> Cc: WAI Guidelines List
> Subject: Re: alt title and links
> On Fri, 17 Aug 2001, Matt May wrote:
> > is preferable to this:
> >
> > <a href="search.html" title="Search"><img
> src="magnifyingglass.gif" alt="a
> > magnifying glass"></a>
> But this is clearly suboptimal in terms of underlying principles, as
> well as being less preferable subjectively as you say.  The purpose of
> this image is to link to a search page, and so the _alt_ attribute of
> the img should, in my estimation, be alt="Search".
> The img _title_ could perfectly well be title="a magnifying glass",
> since that is indeed a brief description of the image.
> In this particular example, the title attribute of the a href, and
> the alt attribute of the img, seem to be converging on the same thing,
> which makes them seem redundant.  But it wouldn't always be as simple
> as that.
> best regards
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