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RE: alt-text idea...

From: David Poehlman <poehlman@clark.net>
Date: Sun, 14 Jun 1998 21:58:31 -0400 (EDT)
To: Gregg Vanderheiden <po@trace.wisc.edu>
cc: "UA WAI UserAgent (E-mail)" <w3c-wai-ua@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.GSO.3.96.980614215731.5052M-100000@shell.clark.net>
isn't the title downloaded anyway along with the rest of the source?  so
all we are doing is reformatting what's already there?


On Sun, 14 Jun 1998, Gregg Vanderheiden wrote:

> This is a powerful safetynet type of idea - but we have to be
> careful in implementation or this could cause a LOT of extra web
> traffic.  and slow page loading...   if every page without alt
> text does a fetch of the title for each of the links on the page.
> 
> However, if we set it up so that it is not done automatically it
> should be fine.    That is, if it were a user option or done on
> user request.    Then the titles would only be fetched if the
> user was looking at blank image anchors and had no idea what they
> pointed to.    No substitute for ALT, but a very nice safety net.
> 
> So this would really be a UA issue primarily - with titles being
> important for it to work.   So I will post this (separately) over
> there.
> 
> Gregg
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: w3c-wai-au-request@w3.org
> [mailto:w3c-wai-au-request@w3.org]On
> Behalf Of Jan Richards
> Sent: Thursday, June 11, 1998 1:48 PM
> To: w3c-wai-au@w3.org
> Subject: Re: alt-text idea...
> 
> 
> Hi,
> 
> I agree. It may be a good last chance solution for browsers but
> it
> shouldn't become an ALT text substitute.  We may howeve want to
> emphasize good TITLE-ing of documents within authoring tools.
> 
> - Jan
> 
> William Loughborough wrote:
> >
> > Ian sends from Wendy: "Another possible use of the TITLE
> element is to
> > provide alt-text for images used as linke to pages when authors
> don't
> > provide alt-text.  In this case, a brower could grab the
> contents of the
> > TITLE element of the document being pointed to and use this as
> the
> > alt-text."
> >
> > WL:: I don't think this is the venue for this because: 1) it
> doesn't
> > deal with authoring *Tool* possibilities, rather is mainly for
> browsers;
> > 2) it's not likely to "provide [USEFUL] alt-text for images..."
> since
> > the TITLE isn't apt to give much info about any particular IMG.
> > --
> > Love.
> >             ACCESSIBILITY IS RIGHT - NOT PRIVILEGE
> > http://dicomp.pair.com
> 

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