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Re: Alternative text

From: Charles McCathieNevile <chaals@opera.com>
Date: Sat, 11 Nov 2006 15:46:17 -0800
To: "Paul Novitski" <paul@juniperwebcraft.com>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <op.tivlnf0hwxe0ny@>

An alternative would be to use longdesc more. Unfortunately implementation  
is pretty shaky - iCab does it beutifully, Opera does it through an  
extension but not yet by default. I presume there is an extension for  
Firefox (since by default ou can find the URI but not follow it :( )



On Fri, 10 Nov 2006 14:17:19 -0800, Paul Novitski  
<paul@juniperwebcraft.com> wrote:

> At 11/10/2006 11:25 AM, Debi Orton wrote:
>> What would be really nice is if there were some sort of flag the  
>> developer could set (something like 'informational="no/yes"' that the  
>> AT user could use to have images treated as they'd prefer.
> This would be easy to implement either server-side (using PHP etc.) or  
> client-side using JavaScript.  In either case, a script could cycle  
> through img elements in the document either enabling or disabling alt  
> attributes using any of several possible methods.
> I'd be tempted to make alt suppression discretionary, with some images  
> retaining their alt text unconditionally.  Some images truly are crucial  
> content and to remove their alt text would be to render them practically  
> invisible to the AT user, while other images could be safely de-alted  
> without significantly reducing the usability of the page.  I'd be  
> inclined to differentiate these two categories of image using the class  
> attribute.
> Regards,
> Paul

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