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RE: Use of ALT texts in IMGs

From: Neff, Robert <Robert.Neff@usmint.treas.gov>
Date: Tue, 23 Nov 1999 08:06:21 -0500
Message-ID: <B1E68D292F3CD111A57C0000F67CB3CA01044464@WDCSRV03.usmint.treas.gov>
To: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Cc: Rich Caloggero <rich@accessexpressed.net>, "'Bruce Bailey'" <bbailey@clark.net>, "'wai list'" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>, "'Marti'" <marti47@MEDIAONE.NET>
Is longdesc going to make it in the next guidelines or be supported.  Not
sure what the latest and greatest is?

		-----Original Message-----
		From:	Marti [mailto:marti47@MEDIAONE.NET]
		Sent:	Tuesday, November 23, 1999 3:19 AM
		To:	Charles McCathieNevile; Rich Caloggero
		Cc:	'Bruce Bailey'; 'wai list'
		Subject:	Re: Use of ALT texts in IMGs

		Only the person that included the image knows why it  there.
Alt= should 
		be
		 used to tell us why the picture is there - longdesc is for
describing the
		 'look'. Telling someone they are misusing the alt= seems to
me to be
		 treading on 'artistic interpretation'.
		 In the Hotel picture example, for instance either alt would
seem to be
		correct depending on the reason the picture was there. Is
the selection 
		 of
		 the particular picture "The Pines Hotel, a fine old stone
building in
		 extensive grounds" important to its function, or could any
picture of a
		 building severed its purpose in the context? And I still
don't care for 
		 the
		 use of alt="", makes me feel 'left out'.
		 
Received on Tuesday, 23 November 1999 08:06:34 GMT

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