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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
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 UTC

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