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RE: images / alt text / title

From: Jim Thatcher <thatch@attglobal.net>
Date: Fri, 25 May 2001 06:33:08 -0500
To: "Rebecca Cox" <rebecca@cwa.co.nz>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <MABBJNHDAODJNEJPGBCLOELMCCAA.thatch@attglobal.net>
Hi again Rebecca,

Your buttons should have succinct alt text, best to have the same text as
appears on the button. Screen readers and talking browsers pick that up.

The title attribute is a different kind of beast. I recommmend using that
developers use the title attribute if they wany a tool tip (with mouse over)
that is more informative than the text on the button.

Your statement of "the best thing to do" is the best thing to do.

-----Original Message-----
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Behalf Of Rebecca Cox
Sent: Thursday, May 24, 2001 5:00 PM
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: images / alt text / title

Here's question 2:

If I'm using a bunch of images as buttons in a navigation bar, the
best thing to do would be to give brief  "alt" text for each, and a
fuller description of where the link goes in the "title" attribute.

At the moment the site I'm thinking of has longish descriptions of
where the buttons link to, in their "alt" , but no "title".

Again, let me know if there's any strong opinions either way!

Cheers ears

Received on Friday, 25 May 2001 07:38:00 UTC

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