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comments about alt

From: Steven Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2007 09:44:03 +0100
Message-ID: <55687cf80709260144h20a3b5a8m4340ce8086e1f2bd@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Maciej Stachowiak" <mjs@apple.com>
Cc: www-archive <www-archive@w3.org>
Hi Maciej, presuming you are othermaciej
noticed your comments about alt on the IRC

some info about some screen readers (jaws and window eyes) that may be
informative:
if there is no alt attribute or an empty alt="" on an image, but a title
attribute title="poot", title attribute content will be read. for window
eyes only if there is no alt or title on an image but the containing element
has a title it will be announced
<a title="poot"><img></a>

<othermaciej> jgraham_: do you think a title="" on the link might be an
acceptable alternative in such cases?
# <http://krijnhoetmer.nl/irc-logs/whatwg/20070926#l-201> [10:33]
<othermaciej> also, presumably if alt were required in such cases alt=""
would be disallowed
# <http://krijnhoetmer.nl/irc-logs/whatwg/20070926#l-202> [10:34] <Dashiva>
othermaciej: I think in the end non-constructive people will be written off
based on their non-constructive ideas, even if the idea is anonymized
# <http://krijnhoetmer.nl/irc-logs/whatwg/20070926#l-203> [10:35] <jgraham_>
othermaciej: Yeah, my other thought was to define that in the case where an
image was the sole content of a link and the link had a title, the link's
title would be the alt text for the image in the absence of any significant
alt text (or something to that effect)
# <http://krijnhoetmer.nl/irc-logs/whatwg/20070926#l-204> [10:35] <hsivonen>
jgraham_: yes, in practice, alt text like that is probably good idea if
other text isn't available

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with regards

Steve Faulkner
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Director - Web Accessibility Tools Consortium

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