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Re: ALT and TITLE Clarification

From: Chris Ridpath <chris.ridpath@utoronto.ca>
Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2005 12:29:30 -0500
Message-ID: <01ae01c4fd83$44b45ab0$e29a968e@WILDDOG>
To: <jim@jimthatcher.com>, "'John M Slatin'" <john_slatin@austin.utexas.edu>, "'Andrew Kirkpatrick'" <andrew_kirkpatrick@wgbh.org>
Cc: "'WAI WCAG List'" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>, <geoff_freed@wgbh.org>

Jim - Thanks for your comments.

> IMG element (not used as an anchor)
> A1) Alt text must be the empty string ("") if image is decorative.
> http://www.w3.org/WAI/GL/WCAG20/tests/test16.html
> <JT>You confuse the situation by using alt with "&" and ";" which should
be
> discouraged. Use alt="big space" instead.</JT>
>
Yes, should be fixed. I took my example from the techniques document so we
should change that as well.


> A3) Alt text must contain any text in the image unless the text is
> decorative or redundant
> http://www.w3.org/WAI/GL/WCAG20/tests/test11.html
> <JT>I am really worried about the wording of this requirement and test.
> Sometimes the text on the image is inadequate as discussed in item 6 in
> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gawds_discuss/message/2208. For this
> particular test, alt="W3C Working Draft logo" is wrong in my opinion, it
> should be alt="W3C Working Draft" which is the text in the image.</JT>
>
I can go either way.  Sorry, I can't read the messages in that group because
I'm not a member. Is the group name "gawds_discuss"?


> IMG element (used within an anchor)
> B1) Alt text must be the empty string ("") if image is decorative.
> http://www.w3.org/WAI/GL/WCAG20/tests/test16.html <JT>Same comment as A1
> above. But more importantly, the test relates to image within an anchor.
IT
> IS NOT IN AN ANCHOR. </JT>
>
As above, I'll change the example code. The test applies to all images -
within an anchor or on their own. The test files show only the one case
where the image is not an anchor. (It's possible to have a decorative image
within an anchor if there is also text within the anchor.)

> 1) Alt text must identify the purpose or function of the image.
> http://www.w3.org/WAI/GL/WCAG20/tests/test65.html <JT>Since there is no
> image, can't be sure.<JT>
>
I'll add an image to make it clearer.

Cheers,
Chris
Received on Tuesday, 18 January 2005 17:30:34 GMT

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