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Re: best alt text for images that are links?

From: Loretta Guarino Reid <lguarino@Adobe.COM>
Date: Thu, 07 Jun 2001 10:08:09 -0700
Message-Id: <200106071708.KAA25921@patagonia>
To: "Fox, Jamie" <Jamie.Fox@USMint.Treas.Gov>
cc: "Gatewood, Joy" <jogat@opic.gov>, wai-ig list <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Jamie,
  I double-checked, and our license agreement doesn't contain any mention of 
alt tags. Authors should attach whatever Alt tag is most effective, and I 
certainly agree with the advice that has been given on this list.

	Loretta Guarino Reid
	Adobe Acrobat Engineering

> 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.
> -Jamie
> 
> -----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
> download
> 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
> link
> that it goes to?  Or just the graphic?
> 
> JAWS, when encoutering a linked graphic, will say:  link,  graphic, and
> then
> read the
> alt text.  Typically the alt text on a web site describes the image
> itself
> and not
> the link.
> 
> Most of the guidance I've read indicates that image alt text should
> describe
> only the image.
> Does doing so leave the blind user clueless about navigation?  After
> all,
> the sighted user
> can mouse over the image and see the url of the link and choose whether
> to
> follow it or not
> based on that additional info.
> 
> Any guidance here?
> 
> Joy Gatewood
> VRI/ERIM
> www.vrionline.com
> www.erim.org
> 
> -----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
> site.
> 
> 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
> purpose?
> 
> 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
> comprehensible?
> 
> Thanks!
> 
> Hands-on Technolog(eye)s
> Touching The Internet
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> 
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