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Re: Use of ALT texts in IMGs

From: Marti <marti47@MEDIAONE.NET>
Date: Tue, 23 Nov 1999 11:58:40 -0500
Message-ID: <017401bf35d3$fe71b6a0$ea50da18@ne.mediaone.net>
To: "Brian Kelly" <b.kelly@ukoln.ac.uk>, <webmaster@dors.sailorsite.net>, "'Steven McCaffrey'" <smccaffr@mail.nysed.gov>
Cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Not to be too negative but do you think we would have any more luck with
getting people to provide a class than we do with alt = ?
Like David I am not thrilled with the idea of [photo] [photo] [photo] but at
least I know it is not just an oversight.


> Hi Marti
>
> > 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.
>
> We could use typed images i.e.
>
> <img src="clear.gif" src="" class="non-functional">
>
> so that evaluation and repair tools don't report on null strings which
> are there deliberately.
>
> Or how about a space or &nbsp; (is this legal)?
>
> I suspect there are solutions - but it would require the software
> vendors to agree on a solution.
>
> Brian
>
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>
> > > 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 12:49:52 GMT

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