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From: Matt Lee <matt.lee@nhs.net>
Date: Fri, 10 Nov 2006 12:10:32 +0000
To: WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-Id: <1163160632.4766.35.camel@male-gnu>

Is there any information that is not set in stone regarding alternative
text for images, (ie. alt attributes)?

Currently, there seem to be a few different schools of thought on the
subject:-

* All images, besides 'spacer' images and other such images that are not
meant to be seen should have alternative text. All images, regardless
should have a alt attribute, though it may be blank.

* Images that are content, links, contain text (ie. a company logo) or
are in other ways used for interaction should have alternative text, but
images that are used on a page of text, such as a photo of a member of
staff on a profile page, would not have alternative text as they are
decorative.

Can anyone point me in the right direction on this, as we seem to be
struggling to understand this.

matt


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