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Re: ALT and TITLE Clarification

From: Andrew Kirkpatrick <andrew_kirkpatrick@wgbh.org>
Date: Fri, 07 Jan 2005 16:10:51 -0500
To: "Bailey, Bruce" <Bruce.Bailey@ed.gov>
Cc: WAI WCAG List <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-id: <9C52304E-60F0-11D9-B607-0003937B30FE@wgbh.org>

>> The HTML 4.01 recommendation includes:
>>> you need to provide a description with ALT
> Do we not concur that the word "description" is very misleading if not 
> out-and-out wrong?
> How about getting this fixed?
> Is this corrected with XHTML1?

Chris's proposal would make the word "description" here more accurate.  
I'm not sure that description is the right word for what alt should 

>>>> decorative (e.g. http://www.btyahoo.com/internet has the building
>>>> blocks image).
> The image (in this example) contains graphical text, but said text is 
> almost verbatim in the body.  I agree that CSS would be the any 
> excellent solution, perhaps the best.  I agree that, in this specific 
> case, that alt="" would be better than repeating the graphical text.  
> However, the image is quite prominent, and if a sighted person someone 
> were on the phone with me (and we are discussing the site), they might 
> well say something like, "you know, the page with the building blocks 
> on it".  The screen reader user is potentially disadvantaged is such 
> an obvious visual feature is deliberately obscured from them.  I would 
> make the case for compromise alt content like "building blocks".

And I wouldn't disagree with the argument you just made or quibble 
about "building blocks".  Seeing null alt or "building blocks" wouldn't 
raise to the threshold of being worth making a fuss over.  Repeating 
all of the text in the image is another thing altogether.


Andrew Kirkpatrick
WGBH National Center for Accessible Media
125 Western Ave.
Boston, MA  02134
E-mail: andrew_kirkpatrick@wgbh.org
Received on Friday, 7 January 2005 21:11:29 UTC

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