Re: More on IMG ALT (was Re: Questionable implementation of IMG

Ian Samson (
Tue, 27 Jan 1998 08:52:36 +200

From: "Ian Samson" <>
To: Walter Ian Kaye <>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 1998 08:52:36 +200
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Subject: Re: More on IMG ALT (was Re: Questionable implementation of IMG 

On 26 Jan 98 at 12:53, Walter Ian Kaye <> 

> Actually, it depends on the browser. Some versions of Lynx, and MSIE,
> treat <IMG SRC="foo.gif" ALT=""> the same as <IMG SRC="foo.gif"> -- the
> null attribute value is minimized to attribute absence, resulting in the
> ugly "(Image)" text being displayed. :/  The workaround is to specify
> *something*, most popularly a space (ALT=" ").

My 0.01c worth, a blank alt=" " does absolutely nothing for the 
visually-impaired surfers who rely on sound rather than sight. In my 
opinion, the W3C ought to make the ALT="description" mandatory.

Ian Samson
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