Re: Useful implementation of IMG ALT

Mark (
Fri, 23 Jan 1998 20:17:25 +0000

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From: "Mark" <>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 1998 20:17:25 +0000
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Subject: Re: Useful  implementation of IMG ALT 

> AS someone who runs my browser with images off the IMG ALT can tell
> me two things :
> 1) The name of the image to see if it could be of interest or is it
> just a decorative ornament ? 
> 2) Its filesize to see if it's worth waiting for.
> If I don't know this, then I usually don't even bother downloading
> them. -- Innovation Business Services    

 I've noticed a few discussions happen on this topic elsewhere. Some
of the problem with the ALT tag that seems to be arising is the fact
that the version 4 'big two' browsers are implementing them as
tooltips, as is well known. People are now trying to write their HTML
documents around this, and have been including items under the alt tag
other than the file size, and/or name, etc, and are instead placing
descriptive sentences in there, for the browser to display when the
mouse if over the image.

 I don't know if your post was a reply to something, or just a 
general comment, but one suggestion I have heard of is two make two
similar attribute to the <IMG> tag. One would be the 'alt' text
displayed when images are off, or not supported, the other would be
for containing the tooltip text for when the images are loaded. Just
wondering what your thoughts are on this, and also on what you think
when you come across a site that has implemented the ALT attribute to
be used as a tooltip text, instead of what it was meant for.

Mark Waterous
Silas Productions