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Re: Images as alternatives to text instead of the reverse

From: Dave Raggett <dsr@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 21 Aug 1996 11:37:01 -0400
Message-Id: <321B2D1D.5B4D@w3.org>
To: www-style@w3.org
Douglas Rand writes:

> Images are not directly replacable by text when they are used
> for navigation,  nor does all the information in the image get
> conveyed when the alternative text is put in place of the image.

Client-side image maps should be used as a matter of course to
provide textual alternatives to images serving as navigation aids.
In addition you should provide appropriate textual descriptions.
Some of the best imagery is in the form of poetry ...

The temptation to slap down an image and ignore users with text only
or speech based browsers is understandable but should be resisted
if the Web is to remain truly open.

Dave Raggett
Received on Wednesday, 21 August 1996 11:38:21 UTC

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