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Re: Web Forms: Usability and Accessibility Question.

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2004 07:43:37 +0000 (GMT)
Message-Id: <200402040743.i147hbu02836@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

> incorrectly.  I agree that it might not be necessarily good to have all
> graphics turned on, but labeled graphics is certainly within the realm of
> expectation for a user of a graphical environment.

Surely the problem here is the level of abuse of alt attributes.

If you ignore the sites that don't use them at all, you will find a large
number of sites that treat them as a Netscape 4 tooltip feature, and a lot
that apply token accessibility compliance by providing alt text that matches the
image file name, or which is a description rather than an alternative.  You
will also still find sites (I hit one recently) that use them for keyword
stuffing (for search engine manipulation).
Received on Wednesday, 4 February 2004 02:51:02 UTC

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