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RE: Addition to Page Authoring Guidelines....??

From: Scott Lay <scottlay@davis.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 1999 10:30:09 -0800
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <000601be4890$bcdad0e0$0541d7cf@scott>

>
> I was doing some accessibility work today and ran across a user who's site
> was "Bobby Compliant" but many of theit ALT attributes contained both the
> filename and size of the graphic rather than any useful text. This has the
> potential to cause some problems because such information in an ALT
> attribute would be useless to the visually impared user and would just
> frustrate the text-only browsing user.
>
> I'd like to suggest that something stating that ALT attributes should
> contain meaningful content and not filename or image size or it
> should have
> nothing in it (i.e. ALT="").
>

That would be advisable.  The default Alt="" tag in Microsoft Frontpage is
the file name and file size.  A requirement to include a substantive
description of the image would be much more beneficial.


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Scott Lay
University of California, Davis School of Law
scottlay@davis.com

Current Project:
"The Application of the Americans with Disabilities Act to the World Wide
Web"
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