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Some very cool news... (was RE: alt text & punctuation - best practice?)

From: John Foliot - WATS.ca <foliot@wats.ca>
Date: Thu, 24 Jun 2004 15:25:29 -0400
To: <Kurt_Mattes@bankone.com>
Cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

> The W3C's WCAG states:
> 	Priority 2 - 3.1 "When an appropriate markup language
> exists, use markup rather than images to convey information."
> It can't be clearer than that.  You keep asking how, many keep suggesting
> don't.

Whoo Hoo!!

While this may not solve all of your problems, Stewart Rosenberger recently
posted an article at A List Apart
(http://www.alistapart.com/articles/dynatext/) which may provide something
of a partial solution to Kurt's dilemma.  I have only just glanced at this
article, but by all accounts it appears that a design hurdle may have been
significantly addressed here.  Normally I advocate *NOT* using Client Side
script except for non-critical "eye-candy"; this I feel falls into that
category, as fully implemented it is backwards compatible and does not
"break" when client side scripting is not available.  I plan on playing
around with this some more but at first glance this technique appears to
support Standards Compliant, Accessible and yet Aesthetically pleasing
development.  Thanks Stewart!

> But forward thinking professionals will seek instead to push the
> envelope, to try and deliver the pizzazz and punch that many have come to
> expect but will do so in accessible ways.  They will think outside of the
> box, try new ideas, fight for a better way, push, prod and plead.  The
> choice is there for all...

(Hey, didn't I just say that?)


John Foliot  foliot@wats.ca
Web Accessibility Specialist / Co-founder of WATS.ca
Web Accessibility Testing and Services
http://www.wats.ca   1.866.932.4878 (North America)
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