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RE: To be or not to be...an alt tag, that is the question

From: yoan SIMONIAN <yoan.simonian@snv.jussieu.fr>
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2003 17:46:56 +0100
Message-Id: <200312021648.hB2GmWlO043184@drum.snv.jussieu.fr>
To: "'John Colby'" <John.Colby@uce.ac.uk>, "'Paul Davis'" <paul@ten-20.com>, <tina@greytower.net>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

I have a simple remark not exactly about alt text
I look a the site with lynx and the name of frames use for
http://www.paralympic.org/ semms not so "explicit"
Main top and bottom.
The frames are noresizable (noresize attribute) so partialy sighted people
with big caracters can't look at all the site.

Sorry for this remark whose not on the alt subject but i find "funny" that
the paralympic site as frames with this type of difficult accessible names.

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Objet : RE: To be or not to be...an alt tag, that is the question

-----Original Message-----
From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org on behalf of Paul Davis
Subject: Re: To be or not to be...an alt tag, that is the question

oops! and sorry all, I should explain.

I had my property development hat on yesterday so was very strapped for

The site is http://www.paralympic.org/

The images on the site must have been changed yesterday.
My original posting referred to an index page that had an image of two guys
playing soccer, the alt tag said "football"
the particular image I used as an example is no longer displayed on the

<snip />
Thats all, now where's that paint brush...?

So is there a list/site of 'good practice' with ALT? Just how much/little
should one put into an ALT tag, how much in TITLE, and when should LONGDESC
be used?
ALT is used (incorrectly) as a tooltip in IE6, unless there's a TITLE as
well. Other browsers get it right by using the TITLE as a tooltip alone.
Reason for the question is that none of the searches I've done say anything
about the content of the various tags (O.K. Attributes) but concentrate on
what they do. Seems that everyone has says that you have to but no-one has
said what to do.
John Colby
Lecturer, School of Computing, Faculty of Computing, Information and English
Room F328a, Feeney Building, University of Central England, Franchise
Street, Perry Barr, Birmingham B42 2SU
Tel: +44 (0) 121 331 6937, Fax +44 (0) 121 331 6281, Mobile: 0771 114 1621 

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