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Re: Request for site review

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 14 Apr 2000 10:11:25 -0400 (EDT)
To: Marjolein Katsma <access@javawoman.com>
cc: Web Accessibility Initiative <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.20.0004141008050.7892-100000@tux.w3.org>
Several alternatives is a good thing. Sound is great (except that I can't use
it on my machine, and deaf people can't use it at all) for reminding people
of things. So is smell, but we don't really have that capability on the web
yet.

Anne Pemberton wrote a little while ago on the WCAG list -
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-gl/2000JanMar/0315 - on this
topic.

cheers

Charles McCN

cheers

Charles McCN

On Fri, 14 Apr 2000, Marjolein Katsma wrote:

  Charles,
  
  At 09:03 2000-04-14 -0400, Charles McCathieNevile wrote:
  >What I do...
  >
  >The logo is an identifier for the site - it is basically a graphic that can
  >be remembered. 
  
  I've been thinking: a better *alternative* for that might actually be a sound. Say an easy to recognize jingle, that tells you you've arrive at the Fuzzybuz site (or whereever).
  
  Does alternative content always have to be alternative *text*? Or can we have several alternatives, ratehr than just one?
  
  
  >In text, as an alt, I use the name of the thing being identified - for
  >example W3C. In the title of the image I explain that it is a logo (human
  >redable text about the role of the image in the page)
  >
  >For example:
  >
  >   <img src="w3c_home" alt="World Wide Web Consortium" title="W3C Logo" />
  >
  >(As Marjolein points out, this is different from text intended to be read.)
  >
  >cheers
  >
  >Charles McCN
  >
  >On Fri, 14 Apr 2000, Marjolein Katsma wrote:
  >
  >   David,
  >   
  >   At 07:55 2000-04-14 -0400, David Poehlman wrote:
  >   >The word logo in an alt tag belies the function of alt.
  >   >
  >   >alt is to present an alternative equivalent to, not the function of the
  >   >image.
  >   
  >   OK, maybe I'm dumb.
  >cmn: I doubt it...
  
  <grin>
  
  >mk
  >   I just don't see a better alternative to the W3C logo than "W3C logo".
  >   
  >   Can you make up a better ALT attribute that still conveys the fact that
  >   it *is* a logo, and not "text to be read"?
  >   
  
  Marjolein Katsma
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