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Redundant alt text and titles

From: Vivienne CONWAY <v.conway@ecu.edu.au>
Date: Wed, 27 Mar 2013 19:31:24 +0800
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Hi all

When titles are used as a tool tip and are redundant to the adjacent menu item, would you consider this a 'fail' in the same way that many consider the redundancy of alt text for images as a fail of 1.1.1.?  That is, when the image has alt text that is the same as the adjacent textual information - usually a heading or paragraph/sentence.

I know it's a bit of a double-barrelled question, but they seem to be related. In both cases, the screen reader user would hear the information twice (especially if their screen reader can read titles).  It is something that really annoys screen reader users - having to hear things twice.  While it is probably not 'best practice', I'm wondering if you're evaluating a page if you'd consider this a 'fail'.


Vivienne L. Conway, B.IT(Hons), MACS CT, AALIA(cs)
PhD Candidate & Sessional Lecturer, Edith Cowan University, Perth, W.A.
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