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

From: David Dorward <david@dorward.me.uk>
Date: Tue, 21 Dec 2004 15:56:23 +0000
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <20041221155623.GG18182@us-lot.org>

On Tue, Dec 21, 2004 at 02:08:29PM +0100, Jos? Luis Vel?zquez wrote:
> [David Dorward]:
> > Certainly I think that the second example should be changed, browsers
> > already announce links when they hit &lt;a&gt; elements with href
> > attributes, stating that the link is a link is redundant and wasteful.
 
> Yes, browsers know that it's a link, but what about (all) users??

Can you name any interactive user agents which do not indicate to
users that a link is a link?

If so, is this a special case for images? If not then should we
include the word "link" in every single link on our pages?
 
> Also checkpoint 14.1 would be applicable here: Use the clearest and simplest
> language appropriate for a site's content.

Can providing the same information multiple times be considered "clear
and simple"? It strikes me as being needlessly verbose (and therefore
making it harder for the user to get to the relevent information).

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David Dorward                                      http://dorward.me.uk
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