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Re: ALT and TITLE Clarification

From: Chris Ridpath <chris.ridpath@utoronto.ca>
Date: Fri, 7 Jan 2005 10:18:37 -0500
Message-ID: <042c01c4f4cc$295923f0$e29a968e@WILDDOG>
To: "Roberto Scano \(IWA/HWG\)" <rscano@iwa-italy.org>, <gv@trace.wisc.edu>
Cc: <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>

> Think to a menubar: alt text for every image is
> an alternative text for it, not a description.
This is the way things are done now. I'm proposing that we change a bit.

If the menu button was a picture of scissors the alt text should be
"scissors". The title would be "cut". User agents could tell the user "cut"
and "picture of scissors".

If the menu button was a picture of the text "cut" then the alt text would
be "cut".

> Another example: w3c conformance buttons for xhtml,
> css, ... These alt text don't made an image description
> but take on the text "Valid .....".
Example here:

The conformance icon here follows the new proposal. Its alt text describes
the image and contains any text in the image. The title attribute describes
the link destination "Explanation of Level Double-A Conformance".

The new proposal clarifies what some people are doing already.

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