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RE: Alt has to be short ...

From: Marjolein Katsma <hgnje001@sneakemail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2003 16:59:24 +0100
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I think both number of characters and number of words needed for a "short" 
but meaningful text will be highly dependent on language. Any rule, rule of 
thumb, or guideline mentioning a number like that would also have to 
specify which language it refers to.

At 16:06 2003-12-16, yoan SIMONIAN wrote:
>  I think 25 words (~180 characters) on a braille display is a bit too much
>for a link or an image.
>-----Message d'origine-----
>De : Erika Noll Webb [mailto:ewebb@quintusdesign.com]
>Envoyé : mardi 16 décembre 2003 16:04
>À : yoan SIMONIAN
>Objet : Re: Alt has to be short ...
>The rule of thumb I heard years ago was no more than 25 words.
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "yoan SIMONIAN" <yoan.simonian@snv.jussieu.fr>
>To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
>Sent: Tuesday, December 16, 2003 7:48 AM
>Subject: RE: Alt has to be short ...
>That why i think 60 is the MAX, if the image is a link (link as to be short
>.... ;o)
>For us, a short link is max 80 characters. We try to put numbers of this
>kind of recommendations.
>-----Message d'origine-----
>De : w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org] De la part
>de David Poehlman
>Envoyé : mardi 16 décembre 2003 15:44
>À : w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
>Objet : Re: Alt has to be short ...
>This is indeed an interesting question.  I am inclined to say that it is too
>long.  60 characters is a lot to listen to under some circumstances but i
>can see where it might be necessary none the less.  If I take alt as
>replacement and not description, I can usually shorten it.  If it is
>standing in for a link, it might need to be 60 characters, but then, that is
>what link text is for.

Marjolein Katsma
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