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Re: ALT and TITLE Clarification

From: Chris Ridpath <chris.ridpath@utoronto.ca>
Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2005 11:52:57 -0500
Message-ID: <00da01c4f734$d67999b0$e29a968e@WILDDOG>
To: "WAI WCAG List" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>

> > 1) Alt text must be the empty string ("") if image is decorative.
> > 2) Alt text must convey the same information as the image. (from
guideline
> > 1.1 SC 2)
> > 3) Alt text must contain any text in the image unless the text is
> > decorative. e.g image of blocks on http://www.btyahoo.com/internet (Are
> > there any other cases where image text should not be in Alt text?)
>
> This doesn't cover images for which the information can not be
> squeezed into an alt attribute (e.g. a large flow chart), but could be
> described using longdesc. This should probably be accounted for.
>
> -- 
I agree. Alt text should be short and the longdesc used as you described.

However there has been a lot of resistance to the idea of short Alt text and
the majority of people in our straw poll have voted this as "optional".

http://www.w3.org/2002/09/wbs/35422/group1/results

Cheers,
Chris

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "David Dorward" <david@dorward.me.uk>
To: "WAI WCAG List" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Sent: Monday, January 10, 2005 11:37 AM
Subject: Re: ALT and TITLE Clarification


>
> On Mon, Jan 10, 2005 at 11:33:10AM -0500, Chris Ridpath wrote:
> > IMG element (not used as an anchor)
> >
> > 1) Alt text must be the empty string ("") if image is decorative.
> > 2) Alt text must convey the same information as the image. (from
guideline
> > 1.1 SC 2)
> > 3) Alt text must contain any text in the image unless the text is
> > decorative. e.g image of blocks on http://www.btyahoo.com/internet (Are
> > there any other cases where image text should not be in Alt text?)
>
> This doesn't cover images for which the information can not be
> squeezed into an alt attribute (e.g. a large flow chart), but could be
> described using longdesc. This should probably be accounted for.
>
> -- 
> David Dorward                                      http://dorward.me.uk
>
>
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