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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!

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