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Re: QBullets (was: Accessible HTML slideshows)

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charlesn@sunrise.srl.rmit.edu.au>
Date: Fri, 3 Jul 1998 08:26:11 +1000 (EST)
To: "Lloyd G. Rasmussen" <lras@loc.gov>
cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.SUN.3.91.980703080834.23686H-100000@sunrise.srl.rmit.edu.au>
These are simply a library of icons with standard names. Using names more
descriptive than button1.gif, button2.gif is like using pagenames such as
index.html, story.html, me.html instead of page1.html, page2.html,
page3.html, or even worse, the stuff that lotus Domino servers call page
names. While qbullets could help a blind designer, a more comprehensive
library with longdescs of each icon, would probably be more use and
would provide greater variety. And using them without ALT-text just seems
plain stupid - there are people who are required to use a graphic browser 
and screen reader, or a custom-designed audio browser which does not get 
image names. 

[q.gif] Bullets tell you what a link will do before you click on it.
QBullets are a collection of 22 elegant icons [qbullets.gif] that
attach to hypertext links to indicate their function. And they're
free!

Doesn't seem as handy to me as

[q.gif] QBullets tell you what a link will do before you click on it.
QBullets are a collection of 22 elegant icons (displayed) [qbullets.gif] that
attach to hypertext links to indicate their function. And they're
free!

or

QBullets tell you what a link will do before you click on it.
QBullets are a collection of 22 elegant icons (displayed) that
attach to hypertext links to indicate their function. And they're
free!

where for q.gif ALT="QBullets", and for qbullets.gif ALT="(displayed)".
Actually I would rather see "22 elegant icons" as a link to said icons 
than simply have a piece of animation that means nothing to me dumped in 
the middle of the line. Especially when I use a monochrome screen, or 
large font.

Besides which, as a sighted user, most of the icons made no sense to me 
at all. And those that did, like pictures of the word "NEW" or the word 
"UPDATED", are not really impressive.

Just my 2c worth. (According to current Australian currency reglations 
this must be rounded down, and is therefore not legal tender)

Charles McCathieNevile 
Received on Thursday, 2 July 1998 18:47:20 GMT

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