W3C home > Mailing lists > Public > w3c-wai-ig@w3.org > October to December 2003

Re: Alt has to be short ...

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2003 22:03:53 +0000 (GMT)
Message-Id: <200312162203.hBGM3rX04180@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

> ... but what means short ?
> We think short means 60 caracters.

I'd suggest a median of 12, and 90 percentile at 25.  This excludes those
with zero length alt text - most images on commercial pages should be 
zero length, because it would often be legally unsafe, or against advertising
codes of practice, to make the intended message of the imaage explicit.

If you are regularly reaching 60 characters, on a typical web page, you
are probably trying to use alt as a description, rather than a replacement.
Received on Tuesday, 16 December 2003 18:03:53 UTC

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.3.1 : Tuesday, 13 October 2015 16:21:26 UTC