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Re: ALT-attribute usage

From: Harvey Bingham <hbingham@ACM.org>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 1997 13:37:57 -0400
Message-Id: <2.2.32.19971021173757.00724f60@tiac.net>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
At 10:21 1997/10/21 -0400, Al Gilman wrote:
>to follow up on what jaap van lelieveld said:
>
>> Make sure the ALT-attribut for HTML 4.0 and beyond will be used
>> for an ALTernate description of an object both in old elements
>> (like IMG) and new ones (like OBJECT).
>
>I want to know what this means for the HTML specification.  In the
>DTD we have comments as follows (clipped from most recent public
>draft):
>
>---------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Objects, Images, and Applets in HTML documents (p4 of 48)
>14.1 Including an image: the IMG element
>
><!-- To avoid problems with text-only UAs you need to provide
>     a description with ALT, and avoid server-side image maps -->
><!ELEMENT IMG - O EMPTY            --  Embedded image -->
><!ATTLIST IMG
>  %attrs;                          -- %coreattrs, %i18n, %events --
>  src         %URL;      #REQUIRED -- URL of image to embed --
>  alt         CDATA      #REQUIRED -- short description --
>  longdesc    %URL;      #IMPLIED  -- link to long description --
>  align       %IAlign;   #IMPLIED  -- vertical or horizontal alignment --
>
>-----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>Is that what you want, or would it be better for the comments to say
>
>"To avoid problems with non-visual UAs, provide a brief text
>alternative for the image via ALT, and avoid server-side image
             ---
I'd be more explicit: substitute for "for" 
"describing the information conveyed by"
>maps."
>
>and 
>
>  alt         CDATA      #REQUIRED -- text alternative to image --
>

Agree: but how about                -- text alternative describing image --
>respectively?
>
>-- Al Gilman
>
>
>
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