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Re: comments about alt

From: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2007 01:49:06 -0700
Cc: www-archive <www-archive@w3.org>
Message-Id: <423A5946-3272-48B1-B926-CE6304A7C90F@apple.com>
To: Steven Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>

Hey Steven,

On Sep 26, 2007, at 1:44 AM, Steven Faulkner wrote:

> Hi Maciej, presuming you are othermaciej
> noticed your comments about alt on the IRC

Indeed, c'est moi.

>
> 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?
> # [10:33] <othermaciej> also, presumably if alt were required in  
> such cases alt="" would be disallowed
> # [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
> # [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)
> # [10:35] <hsivonen> jgraham_: yes, in practice, alt text like that  
> is probably good idea if other text isn't available

Feel free to jump on IRC and join in the conversation if you'd like.  
You may also want to direct this information to James, who apparently  
is trying to come up with proposals to improve the spec for alt.

Regards,
Maciej
Received on Wednesday, 26 September 2007 08:49:22 GMT

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