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Re: Use of ALT texts in IMGs

From: Marti <marti47@MEDIAONE.NET>
Date: Tue, 23 Nov 1999 11:08:39 -0500
Message-ID: <013701bf35cd$01a19e00$ea50da18@ne.mediaone.net>
To: <webmaster@dors.sailorsite.net>, "'Steven McCaffrey'" <smccaffr@MAIL.NYSED.GOV>
Cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

The biggest problem with alt="" is that I am never really sure it that means
the image is just decoration or that the 'programmer' just couldn't be
bothered to fill it in.

> Even with images that server no real purpose beyond decoration, I still
> feel that something like ALT="[Photo]" is better than ALT="".
> On Tuesday, November 23, 1999 7:22 AM, Steven McCaffrey
> [SMTP:smccaffr@MAIL.NYSED.GOV] wrote:
> > It depends on the purpose of the page/site.
> > Is the purpose in this case to give an answer to the question:
> > "Why you should come here?"
> > I infer from the question you ask that the intended purpose is for
> visitors to become familiar with the hotel and grounds? then, yes, the alt
> text should be provided.  See added comment in square brackets below.
Received on Tuesday, 23 November 1999 11:57:50 UTC

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