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Re: empty alt tags

From: Patrick Burke <burke@ucla.edu>
Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2001 12:06:37 -0700
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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!

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