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Re: Creating accessible tables for layout and data

From: <kynn-eda@idyllmtn.com>
Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2002 07:47:00 -0800 (PST)
Message-Id: <200201311547.HAA15686@garth.idyllmtn.com>
To: steve@juggler.net (Steve Carter)
Cc: j.byrne@gcal.ac.uk (Jim Byrne), w3c-wai-ig@w3.org (W3c_Access)
Steve wrote:
> IMO you should focus on the goal of the page and the goals of the images.
> In an online campus prospectus then the pictures are there to give you a
> (distorted:-)  idea of campus life, so you might want the ALT text to read
> "Ducks on the lake on a warm summer day.".  

The problem is that this sentence by itself, located where the <img>
element is located, makes no sense out of context.  E.g. in Lynx, without
knowing it's an image, it looks darned peculiar.

Peculiarness isn't an accessibility problem, of course, but a style and
(somewhat) a usability one. In my opinion it's better to state that an
image is an image (even if that's redundant for some users) than just leave
a nonsequitur phrase floating there on the page.

--Kynn
Received on Thursday, 31 January 2002 10:44:58 GMT

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