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4.4.6 Allow the user to turn on and off animated or blinking text. [Priority 1]

From: jonathan chetwynd <jonathan@signbrowser.free-online.co.uk>
Date: Thu, 4 Mar 1999 14:28:27 -0000
Message-ID: <005a01be664b$5d109220$647338d4@omnibook1>
To: <w3c-wai-ua@w3.org>
Al Gilman has advised me that you are the appropriate group to consider
switching off alt tags.

I posted this:
>Text labels tend to just pop up, if one can turn them off in IE4 or NN
>please let me [...] know?
originally to w3c-wai-er-ig@w3.org

I am a teacher of adults with learning difficulties few of whom can read. It
is hard to find sites without text and even then the alt tags are very
confusing.

Please contact me for further clarification

jonathan chetwynd
jay@peepo.com
SignBrowser

Al Gilman's response:

At 09:19 PM 3/3/99 +0000, jonathan chetwynd wrote on w3c-wai-er-ig:

>Text labels tend to just pop up, if one can turn them off in IE4 or NN
>please let me [...] know?

This would seem to be an issue to address in the User Agent guidelines.

In the current draft User Agent guidelines it says the user should be able
to turn off animated or blinking text.  But you may need to work with them
to get this clarified so it is clear it applies to the popup [=animated]
display of TITLE and/or ALT attributes as is now common.

Techniques for User Agent Accessibility Guidelines

<http://www.w3.org/WAI/UA/WD-WAI-USERAGENT-19990210/wai-useragent-tech#tech-
on-off-blinking-text>

Al
Received on Thursday, 4 March 1999 09:29:17 UTC

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