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RE: Proper ALT values for thumbnail images

From: Glenda L Sims <gsims@austin.utexas.edu>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2006 09:01:00 -0600
Message-ID: <87DBA06C9A5CB84B80439BA09D86E69E03C3D558@MAIL01.austin.utexas.edu>
To: "Randal Rust" <randalrust@gmail.com>, "WAI-IG" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>


We had this exact issue on a site here at UT.  I agree with you, the
thumbnail needs a description.  We went with a brief description for the
thumbnail...and a longer description on the bigger image.

Check it out at

We also struggled with the alt text for the collage of photos...I'm not
thrilled with our final decision...but hey, there is always room for
improvement, right?


glenda sims | ut austin | 512.232.7738 | gsims@austin.utexas.edu |

-----Original Message-----
From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org] On
Behalf Of Randal Rust
Sent: Monday, February 20, 2006 8:50 AM
Subject: Proper ALT values for thumbnail images

I have a site that I am reviewing that uses photo galleries. Each
gallery is a collection of thumbnails which are linked to a full-size
image. Currently, the site has the ALT for each thumbnail read as "Link
to enlarged image."

It is my opinion that this would not be an accessible way to do this.
If I can't see the thumbnail, then I have no idea what the context of
this text is.

My initial thought is that the ALT should include the description of the
image, but then should it also say to click on the image to see the
larger version? Or is that inherent from the A which surrounds the IMG?
Could the TITLE for A indicate that it is a link to a larger image?

Randal Rust
R.Squared Communications
Received on Monday, 20 February 2006 15:01:09 UTC

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