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RE: Okay, I'm stuck here.

From: Jamie Mackay <Jamie.Mackay@cultureandheritage.govt.nz>
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2001 09:11:37 +1200
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To: "'Jon Hanna'" <jon@spinsol.com>, WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
I might be misreading this, but if the image 'adds "value" or comprehension
the text' then surely the image should be described in the alt tag, and if
necessary, with  D and  Longdesc links, otherwise those not viewing the
image are missing out on this added value?

On a related matter, I have often wondered if a good caption (as well as alt
text) can be a substitute for a separate image description in many cases -
any opinions?

I might have to start a new thread on what makes for an adequate image

Jamie Mackay

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From: Jon Hanna [mailto:jon@spinsol.com]
Sent: Wednesday, April 18, 2001 2:59 AM
To: WAI Interest Group; ie-web-accessibility@netsoc.tcd.ie
Subject: Okay, I'm stuck here.

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Here's a situation I've come across a few times and I can't think of
a way to make it work well for users who aren't using images.

You have a piece of text, and with that text is an image, and with
that image is a caption. The image adds "value" or comprehension to
the text, and the caption does the same for the image.

Now I can happily lose the image and alt="" is acceptable, but I'm
left with the caption, which is now confusing since it makes no sense
outside of the context of the image.

One possible solution is to make the caption an image, so it is
invisible to users who don't use graphics (alt="") but this wouldn't
be good for people who need a particular font-size (also generating
graphics on the fly is a pain).

Any solutions?

Jon Hanna

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