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Re: Background image

From: Tom Gilder <w3c@tom.me.uk>
Date: Fri, 7 Jun 2002 19:57:32 +0100
Message-ID: <9668910684.20020607195732@tom.me.uk>
To: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org, Harvey Bingham <hbingham@acm.org>

On Friday, June 7, 2002, 5:48:07 PM, Harvey Bingham wrote:
> Question: Does a background image need alt text? If so, how should
> it be recognizable?

No, it does not - unless the text is *essential* to understanding the page (few
background images are however - they are mostly presentational).

If the image is essential (does the page make no sense if you removed it?), then
you could include separate text on the page, providing the same function of the

Tom Gilder
Received on Friday, 7 June 2002 14:57:36 UTC

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