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Re: empty alt tags

From: Patrick Burke <burke@ucla.edu>
Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2001 12:06:37 -0700
Message-Id: <5.0.0.25.2.20010815120225.024165a0@pop.bol.ucla.edu>
To: mpodd@iqnetcom.com, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
At 12:52 PM 8/15/01, Michelle Podd wrote:
> >Hello,
> >Can anyone tell me the purpose for using empty alt tags for >unessential
> >images like spacer gifs?
The basic idea is to avoid bombarding screen reader users (or other 
non-visual users) with extraneous information.

If the items in a navigation bar have "This is an empty placeholder with no 
meaning" interspersed several times among the active links, the 
intelligibility can drop dramatically!

Patrick
Received on Wednesday, 15 August 2001 15:06:46 GMT

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