ALT specification

Philippe Jausions (Philippe.Jausions@chasseneuil.em.slb.com)
Tue, 20 Jun 95 9:14:43 METDST


Message-Id: <9506200714.AA22971@www10.w3.org>
From: Philippe Jausions <Philippe.Jausions@chasseneuil.em.slb.com>
Subject: ALT specification
To: www-html@www10.w3.org
Date: Tue, 20 Jun 95 9:14:43 METDST

Hi everybody !
 
I have a suggestion for ALT attribut (IMG tag). Why don't we use it with full HTML syntax and not just with simple text. I mean, what do you think of such use :
 
<IMG SRC="pictures" ALT="<PRE>   ._.<BR>  /   \<BR> /     \<BR>/-------\<BR> |   |_|<BR> | __  |<BR> | <A HREF=door.html>||</A>  |</PRE>"> My House !
 
Which could be displayed like this:
    ._.
   /   \
  /     \
 /-------\
  |   |_|
  | __  |
  | ||  |   My house !
     ^
     |___________ here a link
     
This could be useful for terminal browsers which does not support imagemap, or for users who don't load pictures to save bandwidth, or when you print the page in a text layout.
 
Of course this means a very strict use of (") or something like [] or {}.
 
That was my suggestion.
 
Ph. Jausions