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Re: Is ALT text necessary if there's an identical caption adjacent?

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@sidar.org>
Date: Sat, 31 Jul 2004 01:35:32 +0300
To: "david poehlman" <poehlman1@comcast.net>, "Francois Jordaan" <Francois.Jordaan@wheel.co.uk>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <opsby45itmw5l938@widsith.local>

I'd cncur with David - his experience as a user seems to be common. As  
others mentioned, if you have the link repeated, side by side, the problem  
is that you are doing that, not the alt text...



On Fri, 30 Jul 2004 11:17:14 -0400, david poehlman <poehlman1@comcast.net>  

> alt text does not describe, it replaces. However, in this case, I would  
> tend
> to agree that alt="" is sufficient.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Francois Jordaan" <Francois.Jordaan@wheel.co.uk>
> Recently the question cropped up at work whether ALT text is necessary  
> on an
> image if it is immediately adjacent to a caption with exactly the same  
> text.
> The following was my reply. What do other people think?

> """"""
> I believe ALT text that is identical to an adjacent caption is  
> unnecessary,
> and an irritant to screen reader users. I recommend alt="" in such cases.

Charles McCathieNevile     charles@sidar.org
Fundación Sidar             http://www.sidar.org
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