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Re: A few thoughts on using dynamic web pages to improve

From: David Poehlman <poehlman@clark.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Nov 1999 13:48:12 -0500
Message-ID: <3832F86C.E1BEE1AE@clark.net>
To: Kynn Bartlett <kynn-hwg@idyllmtn.com>
CC: GARETH P PARKINSON <298gpp@tay.ac.uk>, "Leonard R. Kasday" <kasday@ACM.org>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
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is an action step and consiously taken.  If taken for the expected
reason, rendering nothing is valid since we don't ned to see what is
there.  On the other hand, if it is imortant to hold that space, the
author should do something to make that happen or if I am browsing
with images off for some other reason than use of a screen reader, I
should be able to configure my browser to provide me with something
about that image that I can use.


Kynn Bartlett wrote:
> 
> At 10:22 AM 11/17/1999 , GARETH P PARKINSON wrote:
> >I was wondering what effect placing a null value in the alt tag. Doesn't
> >this result in the same problem as having no alt tags at all, in that the
> >user will be prevented from finding out the reason for the image? I would
> >assume that in most cases the image has some meaning, and therefore would
> >benefit the user if they could have a description of it.
> 
> Not all pictures -do- have inline meanings.  Some really are just fillers
> and/or redundant with other information.
> 
> Someone (Gregory?) once recommended null ALT, valid LONGDESC for purely
> decorative pictures.  That seems sensible to me, although it begs the
> question of how to know there's an image there in the first place.
> 
> --
> Kynn Bartlett                                    mailto:kynn@hwg.org
> President, HTML Writers Guild                    http://www.hwg.org/
> AWARE Center Director                          http://aware.hwg.org/

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