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RE: best alt text for images that are links?

From: Fox, Jamie <Jamie.Fox@USMint.Treas.Gov>
Date: Thu, 7 Jun 2001 09:28:49 -0400
Message-ID: <9B2C020EAA53D411A7FA00D0B74D6AA5315BBF@wdc9200.usmint.treas.gov>
To: "Gatewood, Joy" <jogat@opic.gov>, wai-ig list <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
While David is correct I think this may be a special case as I recall Adobe
asking for a certain alt tag in their license.

-----Original Message-----
From: David Poehlman [mailto:poehlman1@home.com]
Sent: Thursday, June 07, 2001 9:20 AM
To: Gatewood, Joy; wai-ig list
Subject: Re: best alt text for images that are links?

alt text should describe nothing.  it should replace what is an
alternative for with the same functionality in text in this case.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Gatewood, Joy" <jogat@opic.gov>
To: "wai-ig list" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Thursday, June 07, 2001 9:06 AM
Subject: best alt text for images that are links?

If one has an image on a website, that for example is linked to a
of Adobe's Acrobat® Reader and image is the official Adobe Acrobat® Logo
emblazoned with the words "Adobe - Get Acrobat Reader"
then what is the best alt text?  Should it describe the graphic and the
that it goes to?  Or just the graphic?

JAWS, when encoutering a linked graphic, will say:  link,  graphic, and
read the
alt text.  Typically the alt text on a web site describes the image
and not
the link.

Most of the guidance I've read indicates that image alt text should
only the image.
Does doing so leave the blind user clueless about navigation?  After
the sighted user
can mouse over the image and see the url of the link and choose whether
follow it or not
based on that additional info.

Any guidance here?

Joy Gatewood

-----Original Message-----
From: David Poehlman [mailto:poehlman1@home.com]
Sent: Wednesday, June 06, 2001 12:31 PM
To: wai-ig list
Subject: "bread crumbs" on web sites?

Hi, One technique that seems to be of interest to some is the use of
what are called "bread crumbs" on sites to assist users in tracking
where they have been and where they are going, more easily within the

One site wants to implement this using the title tag but the info in the
title tag is not spoken while tabbing.  Are there any thoughts about:
1> "bread crumbs as a useful site navigation tool?"
2> how best to implement them for best access?

3> Any alternatives if more useful to achieve the same or a similar

I do not have an url but there are labels such as sub section, level 1,
level 2, and so on with a nink name for each level.  It does not seem to
me that this is useful for persons with screen readers but might it help
others and if it can be useful for us, how can it be made


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