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Re: Alt is not a description (was Re: when to use longdesc for images)

From: Léonie Watson <lw@nomensa.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Dec 2004 14:12:45 -0000
Message-ID: <014a01c4e767$32ba89b0$3c02a8c0@intranet.nomensa.com>
To: "John Colby" <John.Colby@uce.ac.uk>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

John Colby wrote:-
    "Is this not the purpose of background images in CSS? Enhancing the
looks of the page whilst not adding to the content?"

    It is the purpose. But that said, it is to a degree exclusionary.

    As with most things there is a balance to be sought. In this case
between permitting a visually impaired person to join in the emotive aspects
of some imagery, and not cluttering the auditory experience with too much
information.


Léonie.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "John Colby" <John.Colby@uce.ac.uk>
To: "Léonie Watson" <lw@nomensa.com>; <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Tuesday, December 21, 2004 2:00 PM
Subject: RE: Alt is not a description (was Re: when to use longdesc for 
images)
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>
>    If the image of the house serves no purpose, then it probably shouldn't
> be there. If it serves the purpose of adding colour and vivacity to a
> document, then there is absolutely no reason why both sighted and non
> sighted users shouldn't participate in that emotive aspect. Both user 
> groups
> will have some appreciation of what a house is, or more importantly what 
> it
> represents. Their respective interpretations of exactly what a house looks
> like may well differ, but fundamentally it will achieve the same goal.
>
>
> Regards,
> Léonie.
>
>
> Is this not the purpose of background images in CSS? Enhancing the looks 
> of the page whilst not adding to the content?
>
> John
>
> 
Received on Tuesday, 21 December 2004 14:13:11 GMT

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