Re: CORRECT implementation of IMG alt/title

Green J M K (jmkgre@essex.ac.uk)
Tue, 27 Jan 1998 14:46:41 +0000 (GMT)


Date: Tue, 27 Jan 1998 14:46:41 +0000 (GMT)
From: Green J M K <jmkgre@essex.ac.uk>
To: Ian Hickson <exxieh@bath.ac.uk>
Cc: Mark <theplaypen@mail.geocities.com>, cottier@fox.nstn.ca, www-html@w3.org
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Subject: Re: CORRECT implementation of IMG alt/title



On Mon, 26 Jan 1998, Ian Hickson wrote:

> >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.
> 
> Ok, let's get this sorted out once and for all.
> 
> SRC is to give a picture.
> ALT is to give a textual *replacement* for blind users, search engines, and
> text-mode users. It should not in *any* way bring the user to the attention
> of there being a picture.

I wouldn't go quite that far. It may or may not bring the user to the 
attention on the picture, but again it depends on content and relevance.

> TITLE is for a description of the image, which is rendered AS A TOOLTIP in
> HTML4 browsers, and could include image size or other relevant information.
> This attribute is actually present on most HTML4 elements.

Agreed. Just tell Colin that I agree, OK?