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

From: Rich Caloggero <rich@accessexpressed.net>
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 1999 13:47:06 -0500
Message-ID: <01BE4932.5D751820.rich@accessexpressed.net>
To: "'wai list'" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
OK, here's my two cents worth (going for five cents)!
I'm blind, and find it very frustrating to here "picture" or "foo.jpg" or 
"bullet" or any such nonsense. The "bullet" doesn't work because its too 
verbose; the other examples don't work because they are functionally 
inappropriate. In short, authoring tools might support two modes: strict 
accessibility checking, and relaxed accessibility checking. Strict would 
*always prompt* for an alt-text string; relaxed might use a default (null 
might be preferable here). Note that if the image is an anchore 
(clickable), relaxed mode and strict mode may be equivalent, basically 
forcing the designer to put some description on the anchor.


On Monday, January 25, 1999 1:57 PM, B.K. DeLong [SMTP:bkdelong@naw.org] 
> Hi all,
> I was doing some accessibility work today and ran across a user who's 
> 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 
> 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 
> nothing in it (i.e. ALT="").
> Thoughts??
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Received on Tuesday, 26 January 1999 13:51:16 UTC

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