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Re: alt text

From: Wendy A Chisholm <wendy@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 27 Dec 2001 17:18:00 -0500
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To: lenore@syncdek.com
Cc: wai-wcag-editor@w3.org
alt="" is accepted alt-text for spacer images.

>From: Lenore Snell <lenore@syncdek.com>
>To: <wai-wcag-editor@w3.org>
>To conform to the w3c spec means adding alt tags to all images, including
>spacer graphics? I use a Mac so this isn't a problem - I can't see the alt
>tags anyway. However, the PC will add alt tags to everything and PC users
>(the majority) find it quite annoying when everything has an alt tag that
>displays when you run your mouse over the image. I realize the value of
>having the alt tag for text-based audiences.
>Is there an alternative to the alt tag for spacer graphics? I generally put
>alt="" for spacer graphics which would (?) fulfill the w3c spec of having an
>alt tag there in terms of its existence although it really does nothing for
>all audiences. However, the alternative of alt="spacer" would annoy everyone
>except the Mac users who can't see alt tags and the text-based users who
>might want to know that it's a spacer graphic instead of a graphic of a
>flower, for example.

wendy a chisholm
world wide web consortium 
web accessibility initiative
seattle, wa usa
Received on Thursday, 27 December 2001 17:17:52 UTC

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