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Re: What's with the Banana Peel?

From: David Dorward <david@dorward.me.uk>
Date: Wed, 5 Oct 2005 15:01:20 +0100
To: www-validator@w3.org
Message-ID: <20051005140120.GB816@us-lot.org>

On Wed, Oct 05, 2005 at 02:56:56PM +0100, Andrew Cates wrote:

> >> Because the image is only there for presentation and the alt 
> attribute is only used for content images.
> However, the WAI guidelines say "Provide a text equivalent for every 
> non-text element"

The text equivalent for something decorative could easily be
considered to be a null string.

> Given no one is 100% compliant it saves time and energy trying to work 
> out what things are if even background decoration is labelled as such.

Speaking as a user of alternative text for images, I find such
descriptions annoying at best, certainly never helpful. 

David Dorward                                      http://dorward.me.uk
Received on Wednesday, 5 October 2005 14:01:25 UTC

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