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Re: request from a colleague

From: Al Gilman <asgilman@iamdigex.net>
Date: Sun, 30 May 1999 11:21:04 -0400
Message-Id: <199905301515.LAA138319@relay.interim.iamworld.net>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Bobby doesn't know anything about what is in the image; it has to give you
that warning because this is something it can't tell.

The rules for ALT don't change when LONGDESC is present.  ALT should still
be written to make sure that the job of the image in telling the story of
the page is fulfilled.

For an example see <http://trace.wisc.edu/world/paci/>.  Here the long
description is referenced by a d-link and not the longdesc attribute, but
the implications for ALT text writing are the same.  I expect others on the
list have better examples but it's a holiday weekend...

Al

At 06:17 PM 5/29/99 -0400, you wrote:
>John - thank you for running all these.  I will have to go to the
>Bobby site
>to see how to interpret the reports.  Do you have any suggestions
>as to what
>to do with ALT text if the message on the report says
>
>"If any of the images on this page convey important information
>beyond
>what is in each image's alternative text, add (whatever is
>appropriate such
>as longdesc)..."
>
>Also do you have any suggestions as to when to use style sheets?
>For
>instance, the report for Dialogue on Diversity, says to use style
>sheets to
>control layout and presentation, but we refrain from using style
>sheets as
>there are a lot of browsers that do not recognize this format and
>we try to
>design to the lowest common denominator.
>
>Hi Folks,
>
>I've received a request from a colleague.
>Does anyone have any opinions.
>John - thank you for running all these.  I will have to go to the
>Bobby site
>to see how to interpret the reports.  Do you have any suggestions
>as to what
>to do with ALT text if the message on the report says
>
>"If any of the images on this page convey important information
>beyond
>what is in each image's alternative text, add (whatever is
>appropriate such
>as longdesc)..."
>
>Also do you have any suggestions as to when to use style sheets?
>For
>instance, the report for Dialogue on Diversity, says to use style
>sheets to
>control layout and presentation, but we refrain from using style
>sheets as
>there are a lot of browsers that do not recognize this format and
>we try to
>design to the lowest common denominator.
>
>
>
>John O'Rourke
> 
Received on Sunday, 30 May 1999 11:16:01 GMT

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