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RE: Alt Text Exclusions

From: Jim Thatcher <jim@jimthatcher.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2005 18:25:43 -0600
To: "'Chris Ridpath'" <chris.ridpath@utoronto.ca>, "'WAI WCAG List'" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-Id: <20050113002100.09EE499D7@mailrelay.t-mobile.com>

Hi Chris, see <JT> below.

Andrew noted that Alt text used in images that are links should not start
with the word "link". (e.g. "link to our home page") This is because the
image is explicitly a link and user agents can tell the user that. <JT>That
is one good reason. Avoid hearing "Link link to home page" with a screen
reader. Perhaps more important is fact that a links list can be navigated by
"first letter." All the links that start "link to ..." and the first letter
navigation is useless. </JT>

We could also exclude the words "submit" and "button" on INPUT elements that
have a type of "image". It's already explicit in the HTML code that the this
is a submit button so the Alt text should contain other information. <JT>I
think this is an error. The alt-text is in input with type="image". The alt
text is the only way text is associated with the image button - and that
might well be "submit" but probably not "button". </JT>

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