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RE: alt-text idea...

From: Jon Gunderson <jongund@staff.uiuc.edu>
Date: Mon, 15 Jun 1998 12:49:27 -0500
Message-Id: <199806151752.MAA26832@staff2.cso.uiuc.edu>
To: <po@trace.wisc.edu>, "UA WAI UserAgent (E-mail)" <w3c-wai-ua@w3.org>
We will add this item to the guidelines.  I am not sure what priority we
will give it for implementation.

At 11:38 AM 6/14/98 -0500, 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
>-----Original Message-----
>From: w3c-wai-au-request@w3.org
>Behalf Of Jan Richards
>Sent: Thursday, June 11, 1998 1:48 PM
>To: w3c-wai-au@w3.org
>Subject: Re: alt-text idea...
>I agree. It may be a good last chance solution for browsers but
>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
>> 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
>> alt-text."
>> WL:: I don't think this is the venue for this because: 1) it
>> deal with authoring *Tool* possibilities, rather is mainly for
>> 2) it's not likely to "provide [USEFUL] alt-text for images..."
>> the TITLE isn't apt to give much info about any particular IMG.
>> --
>> Love.
>> http://dicomp.pair.com
Jon Gunderson, Ph.D., ATP
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Division of Rehabilitation - Education Services
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