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RE: underscore underscore underscore...

From: Jukka Korpela <jukka.korpela@tieke.fi>
Date: Mon, 18 Nov 2002 09:03:11 +0200
Message-ID: <621574AE86FAD3118D1D0000E22138A95BDF56@TIEKE1>
To: WAI-IG <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

Seth Rothberg wrote:

> What alt text would make sense in a fill in the 
> blank in a sentence like "The snow man melted
> in the underscore underscore underscore underscore."

I guess "The snow man melted in the <img alt=
"(insert)" src="underscores.png">." would do.
Speech browsers can be expected to read a parenthetic
text "parenthetically" (in a different tone) or to
spell out the parenthesis characters.

This would probably be more understandable to everyone
if a clear description of the notational convention
is given at the beginning, e.g.
"In this document, the following will act as a
indication that student's input is expected:
<img alt="(insert)" src="underscores.png">."

One might even use
<var><img alt="(insert)" src="underscores.png"></var>
on the grounds that there's logically a variable involved,
in a sense, and advanced visual browsers will treat this
effectively as
<var>(insert)</var>
when configured not to display images, and this in turn
will probably make them present the content in some special
way, e.g. in italics, to distinguish it from normal text.

-- 
Jukka Korpela, senior adviser 
TIEKE Finnish Information Society Development Centre
http://www.tieke.fi/  My phone +358 9 4763 0397
Received on Monday, 18 November 2002 02:03:47 GMT

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