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Re: Alt Tags

From: Andrew Kirkpatrick <andrew_kirkpatrick@wgbh.org>
Date: Mon, 07 Jul 2003 09:10:41 -0400
To: John Britsios <webmaster@webnauts.net>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-id: <BB2EE991.17907%andrew_kirkpatrick@wgbh.org>

To the best of my knowledge, there is no 60 character limit for JAWS or
Window-Eyes.  I ran a quick test on JAWS 4.02 and 4.5 and Window-Eyes 4.2
and both read a alt value that had greater than 150 characters.  Window-Eyes
treats the alt text more like paragraph text than JAWS does (if reading a
page line by line, Window-Eyes breaks long alt values into "lines" when

As others have said, just because you can put 150 or more characters into an
alt attribute, doesn't necessarily mean you should...


On 7/6/03 1:18 PM, "John Britsios" <webmaster@webnauts.net> wrote:

> Can anyone tell, how many characters including spaces can an ALT tag have?
> I heard max. 60, while JAWS can read only 60.
> Do you have any info or better, resources for that?
> Thanks for your support in advance,
> John S. Britsios,
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