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Re: Development WAI activities

From: Liam Quinn <liam@htmlhelp.com>
Date: Sun, 01 Mar 1998 13:11:13 -0500
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To: Jaap.van.Lelieveld@inter.NL.net (jaap van lelieveld), w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
At 02:08 PM 01/03/98 +0100, jaap van lelieveld wrote:
>5. It is very useful to discuss ALT texts: how to add them and
>   where to put them (and how to mentain them?).
>   First you must ask though: How to present them to the user:
>   Fullgrown ALT-text usage must become available through the
>   browser; the browser must allow you to: identify an object,
>   imform you there is an alternate text (of whatever type) and
>   display this information properly:
>   - LYNX: I do not even realize when ALT text is displayed;
>     whether it concerns an active link (image with ALT text).

LQ::  This is the way it should be, in my opinion.  ALT text is
*replacement* text, not descriptive text, so you shouldn't know whether the
text you're hearing is ALT text or normal text.  ALT text that cannot be
identified as ALT text when listening to a Web page is good ALT text since
it provides accessibility seamlessly.

Of course, browsers should give users the option of adding seams.  Lynx
does this with the "*" command, which forces the display of "[INLINE]",
"[LINK]", etc. on all images.

Liam Quinn
Web Design Group            Enhanced Designs, Web Site Development
http://www.htmlhelp.com/    http://enhanced-designs.com/
Received on Sunday, 1 March 1998 13:09:31 UTC

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