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RE: Alt has to be short ...

From: yoan SIMONIAN <yoan.simonian@snv.jussieu.fr>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2003 17:08:57 +0100
Message-Id: <200312161610.hBGGAKi0044049@drum.snv.jussieu.fr>
To: "'Marjolein Katsma'" <hgnje001@sneakemail.com>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

Vey good remark, i never think about that.
So i make a precision, our recommendation are for french language. ;o)

-----Message d'origine-----
De : w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org] De la part
de Marjolein Katsma
Envoyé : mardi 16 décembre 2003 16:59
À : w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Objet : RE: Alt has to be short ...

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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