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RE: empty alt tags

From: Fitzgerald, Jimmie <Jimmie.Fitzgerald@jbosc.ksc.nasa.gov>
Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2001 15:11:20 -0400
Message-Id: <1900360D153D6D46AB204387F541116E976897@kscmbs43.ksc.nasa.gov>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
But, is there a reason to use an empty alt tag of "" as opposed to simply
omitting the alt tag alltogether?

Jim Fitzgerald

-----Original Message-----
From: Patrick Burke [mailto:burke@ucla.edu]
Sent: Wednesday, August 15, 2001 3:07 PM
To: mpodd@iqnetcom.com; w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: Re: empty alt tags


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 15:12:27 GMT

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