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RE: Background image

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 7 Jun 2002 15:46:44 -0400 (EDT)
To: "Chris O'Kennon" <chris@vipnet.org>
cc: "'Tom Gilder'" <w3c@tom.me.uk>, <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>, Harvey Bingham <hbingham@acm.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0206071545150.8060-100000@tux.w3.org>

More to the point, by using styling effects to convey information needed to
understand the page you are breaking the checkpoints that require seperation
of style and the page's information...

If your background image conveys information  it shouldn't be a background
image - it should be a part of the information of the page.



On Fri, 7 Jun 2002, Chris O'Kennon wrote:

  The same would apply, I assume, for images that are the backgrounds of table

  Chris O'Kennon
  Commonwealth of Virginia

  -----Original Message-----
  From: Tom Gilder [mailto:w3c@tom.me.uk]
  Sent: Friday, June 07, 2002 2:58 PM
  To: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org; Harvey Bingham
  Subject: Re: Background image

  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
  background images are however - they are mostly presentational).

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

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