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Re: Anchor images - pixel sized & alt text

From: PJ Mancuso <pmancuso@uoguelph.ca>
Date: Tue, 10 Jul 2012 13:44:07 -0400
Message-ID: <CABZu4ASANNTB-rsaYV4ZN+BUH4vL74E0noYW=qehzD2tDbALkw@mail.gmail.com>
To: Philippe Vayssière <philippe@alsacreations.fr>
Cc: "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Here is a snippet of one of them, it does appear to be a link:

<span class="d_nb_ni">
<a href="/d2l/lp/ouHome/defaultHome.d2l">
<img src="/d2l/img/lp/pixel.gif" class="d_nb_s" alt="" />
<span>My Home</span>
</a>
</span>

But like I said the image is 1px, should alt be filled or should the
programmers figure out a diff way for styling content?

Thanks
-PJ


On Tue, Jul 10, 2012 at 12:31 PM, Philippe Vayssière <
philippe@alsacreations.fr> wrote:

> Hi,
>
> Could you please provide the HTML code of the enclosing link?
> Is this a named anchor :
>     <a name="name_attribute_deprecated_but_still_used"
> id="name_attribute_deprecated_but_still_used"><img src="path/image.png"
> alt=""></a>
> or a link to some page :
>     <a href="something.php"><img src="path/image.png" alt=""></a>
>
> For example, the Accessiweb checklist, which is based on WCAG 2.0,
> excludes "a" elements without an "href" attribute from the links that
> should have text (or alternative text) as content :
>
> http://www.braillenet.org/accessibilite/referentiel-aw21-en/index.php#crit-6-6
> (you can follow links to the glossary for more details).
>
>
> Regards,
> Ph. Vayssière
>
>
> Le 10/07/2012 17:39, PJ Mancuso a écrit :
> > Hi everyone,
> >
> > Wanted to say thanks for the previous help received and that I have
> > been making headway auditing the webpages that have been tasked to me.
> > Question about anchor images and alt text. I received this as some of
> > the known problems:
> >
> > *Success Criteria 1.1.1 Non-text Content (A)*
> >
> > Check 7: Image used as anchor is missing valid Alt text.
> > <http://achecker.ca/checker/suggestion.php?id=7>
> >
> > *Repair: *Add Alt text that identifies the purpose or function of the
> > image.
> >
> > /Line 84, Column 13/:
> >
> > <img src="/jjj/img/lp/pixel.gif" class="d_nb_s" alt="" />
> >
> > The image itself is 1px and is used as an anchor for a link I believe.
> > In this situation is alt text really useful? I have read somewhere
> > that in this particular situation anchor images shouldn't even be
> > used. What exactly is the proper procedure here?
> >
> >
> > Any explanation would be greatly appreciated so I can pass on to the
> > programmers. I hope this wasn't too confusing.
> >
> >
> > Regards,
> >
> > -PJ
> >
>
>
>
>
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