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Re: Issue #1305

From: Chris Ridpath <chris.ridpath@utoronto.ca>
Date: Wed, 15 Dec 2004 14:28:22 -0500
Message-ID: <26c501c4e2dc$3d57e730$e29a968e@WILDDOG>
To: "John M Slatin" <john_slatin@austin.utexas.edu>, "Joe Clark" <joeclark@joeclark.org>, "WAI-GL" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>

The suggested requirement is that the title attribute on the A (anchor)
element be used to identify the link destination. The image's alt text would
identify the image.

I hear John's concern that current user agents don't support this and there
would be problems until user agents did support it.

I also heard John's comment that alt text changes on the context of the
image.

But I think this may be the best route (use the anchor's title to describe
the link destination). If applied it would solve other problems too. There's
currently a problem when multiple links use the same link text, like "more".
If we used the anchor's title to describe the destination then the actual
link text doesn't matter.

We could also ask that the image's alt text be set to the same value until
user agents catch up. (Did I just write "until user agents"? Oh no!)

Example:

<a href="home.html" title="home page"><img src="house.png"
alt="home page"/></a>

This strategy would limit the pain in the short term and give us long term
gains.

Chris

P.S. Does someone have a reference to what the UAAG says about this?
Received on Wednesday, 15 December 2004 19:29:12 GMT

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