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

Liam Quinn (liam@htmlhelp.com)
Tue, 27 Jan 1998 08:27:46 -0500


Message-Id: <3.0.5.32.19980127082746.0093c310@undergrad.math.uwaterloo.ca>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 1998 08:27:46 -0500
To: IDSamson@beauty.hsrc.ac.za
From: Liam Quinn <liam@htmlhelp.com>
Cc: www-html@w3.org
In-Reply-To: <A022BE5E38@beauty.hsrc.ac.za>
Subject: Re: More on IMG ALT (was Re: Questionable implementation of   IMG 

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At 08:52 AM 27/01/98 +200, Ian Samson wrote:
>On 26 Jan 98 at 12:53, Walter Ian Kaye <walter@natural-innovations.com> 
>wrote:
>
>> 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.

If the image is purely decorational, then the visually-impaired users 
shouldn't need to know it's there.  Which would you rather hear if 
listening to a Web page?

	Spinning globe animation Check out our links! Chain link

or

	Check out our links!

One uses ALT="description", one uses ALT="".

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