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Re: Microsoft's response on the ALT attribute and how Frontpage deals with it

From: Brian Kelly <lisbk@ukoln.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 1999 09:25:31 -0000
Message-ID: <003301be490d$d54b31b0$3c92268a@bath.ac.uk>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org, "B.K. DeLong" <bkdelong@naw.org>
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From: B.K. DeLong <bkdelong@naw.org>
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Tuesday, January 26, 1999 1:29 AM
Subject: Microsoft's response on the ALT attribute and how Frontpage deals
with it


>My comments interspersed.
>
>>From: A Microsoft Product Manager
>>To: "'bkdelong@naw.org'" <bkdelong@naw.org>
>>Subject: FW: ALT attributes default to filesize and filename
>>
>>There is no way for software to know that a magnifying glass is for
>>searching.  There is a way in the image properties dialog box to put
>>whatever alt text you want in for an image.  We have to pick a default.
The
>>benefit to having the file size over nothing is that users who have their
>>browsers set to not download images will be able to see how big (read: how
>>long it will take to download) each image on the page.
>
>My question was why would they care what the image size is if they have
>images turned off. Note she didn't address text-browsers or people using
>screen readers.
>--
>B.K. DeLong                  360 Huntington Ave.

I think you're being unfair in yopur response.  An authoring tool has three
options for providing defaults ALT values - give a null string, give a
standard chunk of text "This is an image" or provide information
automatically derived from the image file "Size =100 Kb".  Of these
alternatives, I think the latter is preferable.

What concrete suggestion would you make to vendors of authoring tools?

Thanks

Brian Kelly
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