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Re: Request for review of alt and alt value for authoring or publishing tools

From: David Poehlman <poehlman1@comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2008 15:57:08 -0400
Message-ID: <001a01c89f32$e3b23f70$0901a8c0@HANDS>
To: "Ian Hickson" <ian@hixie.ch>, "Tomas Caspers" <tomas@tomascaspers.de>
Cc: "John Foliot" <foliot@wats.ca>, <wai-xtech@w3.org>, <wai-liaison@w3.org>, <public-html@w3.org>, "HTML4All" <list@html4all.org>

The at has no way of knowing whether or not the images are associated unless 
markup to do so is present.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ian Hickson" <ian@hixie.ch>
To: "Tomas Caspers" <tomas@tomascaspers.de>
Cc: "John Foliot" <foliot@wats.ca>; <wai-xtech@w3.org>; 
<wai-liaison@w3.org>; <public-html@w3.org>; "HTML4All" <list@html4all.org>
Sent: Tuesday, April 15, 2008 3:26 PM
Subject: Re: Request for review of alt and alt value for authoring or 
publishing tools

On Tue, 15 Apr 2008, Tomas Caspers wrote:
> Am 15.04.2008 um 20:48 schrieb John Foliot:
> > Any information is better than no information.  It puts the images in a
> > rudimentary context (this is image 4 of 9 on the page).  A non-visual 
> > user
> > still may have no idea what the image really is, but can be told that 
> > image
> > number 4 at the "photo-upload site" is of their grandchild, and they 
> > could
> > then copy the file to a flash drive, and have the photo printed and 
> > framed
> > for when visitors come over to visit (just to make the scenario "real").
> The same would be true if the AT involved simply read out the filename,
> as some of them do in absence of an alt-Attribute.

Indeed the AT itself could read out the "1 of 4" thing -- and at least
then there would be a reasonably good chance of the numbering being
correct, which would not be the case if we relied on the author. :-)

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