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

From: david poehlman <david.poehlman@handsontechnologeyes.com>
Date: Fri, 13 May 2005 11:47:21 -0400
Message-ID: <002d01c557d3$13e99bc0$6501a8c0@DAVIDPC>
To: "David Balch" <david.balch@continuing-education.oxford.ac.uk>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

caption and alt are two different things.  alt replaces an image, a 
captionis afoot note to it.  If you have an image of a person eating noodles 
with chopsticks, you can put a description in the caption if you like but it 
should be a short one as has been pointed out.  Thealt though should be 
something that makes sense when images are notloaded such as do you like 
eating noodles with chopsticks?  or I eat noodles with chopsticks, or some 
people eat noodles with chopsticks.  What does the image mean is what goes 
in/do goes in the alt, image enhancement information would go in the caption 
ana description would go in long desc.  To bad we don't just have a desc 
tag.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "David Balch" <david.balch@continuing-education.oxford.ac.uk>
To: "'david poehlman'" <david.poehlman@handsontechnologeyes.com>; 
<w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Friday, May 13, 2005 11:41 AM
Subject: RE: Is an empty alt attribute ok when...



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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