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Re: DRAFT response Re[2]: Request for PFWG WAI review of Omitting alt Attribute for Critical Content

From: Patrick H. Lauke <redux@splintered.co.uk>
Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2007 18:55:49 +0000
Message-ID: <474B16B5.5020902@splintered.co.uk>
To: David Poehlman <poehlman1@comcast.net>
CC: joshue.oconnor@cfit.ie, Al Gilman <Alfred.S.Gilman@IEEE.org>, wai-xtech@w3.org

Strange, as @alt="" (and the older @alt=" ", with a single space inside 
those double quotes) has been the recommended alt for decorative images 
for the last few years (even the UK's RNIB have been recommending it for 
ages - can find a reference if you need it). From what I remember from 
my testing days (currently haven't got access to screen readers), in 
default settings JAWS and Dolphin's HAL indeed don't give any indication 
that an image is present at all when the alt is empty or NULL.

Patrick

David Poehlman wrote:
> I've never seen one that does.  and in any case, if they do it is and should 
> be configurable due to issues already raised and discussed.
> 
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Joshue O Connor" <joshue.oconnor@cfit.ie>
> To: "Al Gilman" <Alfred.S.Gilman@IEEE.org>
> Cc: <wai-xtech@w3.org>
> Sent: Sunday, November 25, 2007 1:47 PM
> Subject: Re: DRAFT response Re[2]: Request for PFWG WAI review of Omitting 
> alt Attribute for Critical Content
> 
> 
> 
>> <note
>> class="inDraft">
>> Somebody please confirm or deny this.  Do screen readers
>> actually skip images with @alt=""?
>> </note>
> 
> They do.


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