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RE: Is an empty alt attribute ok when...

From: David Balch <david.balch@continuing-education.oxford.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 13 May 2005 16:41:32 +0100
Message-ID: <9D26F7445E7CF0448267CA320343CC7B330ECF@klipspringer.conted.ox.ac.uk>
To: 'david poehlman' <david.poehlman@handsontechnologeyes.com>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

Hi,

> -----Original Message-----
> From: david poehlman [mailto:david.poehlman@handsontechnologeyes.com] 
> Sent: 13 May 2005 13:34
> 
> The short answer is no unless you are using it in a link.  
> Alt replaces, it does not describe.

But if the accompanying caption contains text that fulfils the same function
as the image it should be ok to leave alt blank, surely?

I fear that my use of the word "describe" distracted from the real question
I was posing.

Cheers,
Dave.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: david poehlman [mailto:david.poehlman@handsontechnologeyes.com] 
> Sent: 13 May 2005 13:34
> To: David Balch; w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
> Subject: Re: Is an empty alt attribute ok when...
> 
> The short answer is no unless you are using it in a link.  
> Alt replaces, it does not describe.
> 
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "David Balch" <david.balch@continuing-education.oxford.ac.uk>
> To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
> Sent: Friday, May 13, 2005 8:11 AM
> Subject: Is an empty alt attribute ok when...
> 
> 
> 
> Hi,
> 
> I'm writing a short guide describing the information that 
> should accompany
> images in content my group produces: title, caption, attribution,
> alternative equivilant.
> 
> I would apprieciate feedback on the approach I've taken to alternative
> equivilant content. In particular, a case where the 
> information content of
> the image is described in the image caption - is it 
> acceptable to leave the
> alt attribute empty? (See the "Covalent bonding in a molecule 
> of water"
> part.)
> 
> http://tall.conted.ox.ac.uk/testarea/david/image/ImageExamples.html
> 
> 
> Cheers,
> Dave.
> 
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