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

From: Rich Caloggero <rich@accessexpressed.net>
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 1999 14:32:10 -0500
Message-ID: <01BE4938.A907A7C0.rich@accessexpressed.net>
To: "'B.K. DeLong'" <bkdelong@naw.org>
Cc: "'wai list'" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

On Tuesday, January 26, 1999 2:50 PM, B.K. DeLong [SMTP:bkdelong@naw.org] 
> At 02:08 PM 1/26/99 -0500, you wrote:
> >If you give the author an
> >option to leave these blank (null) then the links may not be visible at
> all
> >to a blind user
> No...my reasoning for adding an option to leave the ALT attribute blank 
> because many Web developers and Authoring Tools use invisible "spacer"
> graphics for the purpose of layout. Perhaps when the user chooses a null
> option, a prompt will say "Are you sure? People who use text-browsers, 
> images turned off, or visually impared users using screen readers will 
> be able to see this image."

I don't want to belabor this point... I think null tags are fine, but I 
think the authoring tool should know when the image in question is a link, 
and if it is, refuse to put a null tag on it. Maybe I'm missing something 
here, but do designers use these spacer graphics as links? I think null is 
the best alt string for many many situations, just not for links!

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					Rich Caloggero
Received on Tuesday, 26 January 1999 14:36:28 UTC

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