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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

* 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

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


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