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alt text & punctuation - best practice?

From: Rebecca Cox <Rebecca.Cox@intergen.co.nz>
Date: Mon, 21 Jun 2004 14:38:42 +1200
Message-ID: <16446983F8930B44BD3D0C296AC99F96312CF1@wlgex3.intergen.org.nz>
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Hi all,

I am working with some guidelines on alt text and just wanted to see
what people feel is current best practice with regard to adding
punctuation to force a pause - for example, in these situations what
would be the preferred technique?

1. For short alt text on an image which may or may not be a link:

Either, just the text, no extra punctuation:

<a href="news.html"><img src="news.gif" alt="News"></a>

Or with full stop and space, like so:

<a href="news.html"><img src="news.gif" alt="News. "></a>

2. For longer alt text which should read like a sentence:


<img src="w3.gif" alt="W3C leading the web to its full potential">


<img src="w3.gif" alt="W3C leading the web to its full potential. ">

3. For alt text on an image which functions as a section heading:


<h2><img src="about.gif" alt="About the council"></h2>


<h2><img src="about.gif" alt="About the council. "></h2>

Cheers all,

Rebecca Cox
Production Designer
INTERGEN - Intelligent Business
Level 3, Intergen House, 44-52 The Terrace
PO Box 5428, Wellington, New Zealand
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