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RE: Why does it say ALL images need alt tags?

From: Ian Anderson <ianderso@cogeco.ca>
Date: Sun, 10 Nov 2002 21:00:03 -0500
To: "'Aziz Matar'" <matar84@comcast.net>, <www-validator@w3.org>
Message-ID: <002f01c28926$0cba1740$0101a8c0@enoch>

My suggestion would be to make images such as navigation images part of
the table background using CSS. This eliminates the need for an ALT tag
and is better form anyway.

Even better would be to abandon table based layout entirely. It can be
difficult to implement a pure CSS layout but it's worth it.

-----Original Message-----
From: www-validator-request@w3.org [mailto:www-validator-request@w3.org]
On Behalf Of Aziz Matar
Sent: November 10, 2002 7:44 PM
To: www-validator@w3.org
Subject: Why does it say ALL images need alt tags?

I can understand how alt tags help, but for some images that are used as
part of the sites navigation, for example, a small 10x10 square that is
used to draw a curve and placed on the corner of your tables for
decoration, why does the validator want alt tags on those? I hate that I
cant make the page validate as XHTML 1.0 because my navigation images do
not have alt tags and I do not want to give them any. :-( Any ideas to
work around this?

P.S. Yes I understand the validator cannot tell the difference between
regular images and images used as part of the layout.
Received on Sunday, 10 November 2002 21:02:05 UTC

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