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Re: images used as form submit buttons

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Fri, 24 May 2002 22:20:27 +0100 (BST)
Message-Id: <200205242120.g4OLKRk08031@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
> I finished for some days  a very long form that can
> be sent with an image as input button. I only used XHTML 1.1. (cgi-script is

There is no such thing as an image button in HTML.  There are images within
button elements, but there is no clean fallback mechanism for these, and
the first browsers (other than Lynx) to implement them, did so in a way only
suitable for client side scripting.  There are also image maps on forms.  As
image maps, they break the cachability of GET mode forms because they don't
send exactly the same coordinates every time.

> Why should you use an alt text? You can easily write next to it. Press the..

Because what you call image buttons are image maps and are virtually useless
for text mode browsers, when used for their intended purpose.  The fact
that Lynx may display them when it doesn't display ordinary images is
purely the result of a pragmatic error recovery policy.

> (what the inputbutton presents to be)

This reads like "click here" to me!
Received on Friday, 24 May 2002 17:55:08 UTC

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