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RE: Recommended practice for count images?

From: Yvette Hoitink <y.p.hoitink@heritas.nl>
Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2005 16:56:57 +0200
To: "'W3C WAI GL'" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <E1EFYh3-0001cJ-7l@lisa.w3.org>

> Quick reality check: What do we recommend as alternative text 
> for count images?
> These images are 1x1 pixel wide, transparent images solely 
> used to track page visits, for example. There are marketing 
> relevant organizations (like IVW [1]) as well as hundreds of 
> reporting tools requiring such an image. And technologically, 
> it is necessary (server logs just cannot record all needed details).
> Well, slap me if this has been subject to any discussion 
> before - I cannot remember any, and I see no cool advice 
> anywhere -, but I urge us to officially address this issue. 
> From my point of view, both setting an empty
> (gosh) as well as a filled "alt" attribute (but what text, 
> and honestly, there is no other image more irrelevant for an 
> user) is "suboptimal".
> Well, huh, what do you suggest?

I think these count images are examples of images not used to convey
information. The non-disabled user does not perceive these pixels, so
neither should a person with a disability.

Personally, I think alt="" is a good solution for this. Why do you think
that is suboptimal?

Yvette Hoitink
Heritas, Enschede, the Netherlands
E-mail: y.p.hoitink@heritas.nl
WWW: http://www.heritas.nl 
Received on Wednesday, 14 September 2005 14:57:13 UTC

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