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Re: alt text length

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Sun, 29 Jul 2001 21:19:17 -0400 (EDT)
To: Jamie Mackay <Jamie.Mackay@mch.govt.nz>
cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0107292116240.27667-100000@tux.w3.org>
Yep, I think in such a crazy scenario there are only crazy answers, and I
would put the text into alt text. Alternatively you could summarise - it
depends how relevant the message is in the first place <grin/>

Well, actuallly I would just change it to real text and be done with it, but
I am fairly tough as a contractor - my rate increases 20-fold to do things
that I think are crazy, although even then I have had people pay it. <sigh/>



On Mon, 30 Jul 2001, Jamie Mackay wrote:

  I am aware that the general rule of thumb is that any image that cannot
  be described in a few words should be linked to a separate full
  description. I am just wondering if there are any exceptions to this.

  Here is a scenario I am currently grappling with. I am 'fixing' a
  website for a company that has the entire front page rendered as images
  (without any alt text!). One of the images is simply a text welcome
  message about 40 words long. Once the site has been properly redesigned
  of course this text will be rendered as, well, text. But in the
  meantime, as a short-term fix, I have provided a 'D' link which spells
  out the text in the 'welcome' image.

  My question is, would this be a situation where it might be 'better'
  just to write the text contained in the image as alt text? Are there any
  other situations where longer alt text can be justified?

  Jamie Mackay

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