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RE: Image alt in WAI process intro

From: Andrew Arch <Andrew.Arch@visionaustralia.org>
Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2006 13:30:41 +1000
Message-ID: <A921AF4A5FC01245A8D846D004B61B360192C069@KOOXCH01.visionaustralia.org>
To: "Andrew Arch" <Andrew.Arch@visionaustralia.org>, "Shawn Henry" <shawn@w3.org>
Cc: "EOWG \(E-mail\)" <w3c-wai-eo@w3.org>

Shawn asked:
> Right, so... what would *you* recommend for these particular images on
this particular page?

I would recommend null alt text for the images adjacent to the five
milestones. These have been provided as visual cues, and are purely
complementary to the discussion beside them. The particular images used
and their colours are not important.

This is similar to the rationale for why we have null alt text on the
image of the magnifying glass adjacent to the "search" link.

Regards, Andrew
______________________
Dr Andrew Arch
Manager Online Accessibility Consulting
Vision Australia - Accessible Information Solutions
Ph. +61 (0)3 9864 9282; Mob: 0438 755 565
http://www.visionaustralia.org.au/ais/


> -----Original Message-----
> From: w3c-wai-eo-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-eo-request@w3.org] On
> Behalf Of Andrew Arch
> Sent: Tuesday, 19 September 2006 12:39 PM
> To: love26@gorge.net; Shawn Henry
> Cc: EOWG (E-mail)
> Subject: RE: Image alt in WAI process intro
>
>
> William wrote:
> > Because we are the WAI, I think it's OK to use the descriptive text.
>
> We get two different responses from Vision Australia clients. Those
who
> have never had sight, want a fast reading page with minimal "noise",
and
> do not want alt text on images that are not 100% informative. Some of
> the clients who have had sight, prefer to know what images are on the
> page regardless.
>
> On this basis, as most sights are not for entertainment, we tend to
lean
> towards recommending minimal alt text, and only where it adds value.
> Think about it as though you were reading the page to someone over the
> telephone - do they need to know about the images? If yes, what do
they
> need to know?
>
> My two-bobs worth.  Andrew
>
> ______________________
> Dr Andrew Arch
> Manager Online Accessibility Consulting
> Vision Australia - Accessible Information Solutions
> Ph. +61 (0)3 9864 9282; Mob: 0438 755 565
> http://www.visionaustralia.org.au/ais/
>
>
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: w3c-wai-eo-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-eo-request@w3.org]
On
> > Behalf Of William Loughborough
> > Sent: Tuesday, 19 September 2006 9:39 AM
> > To: Shawn Henry
> > Cc: EOWG (E-mail)
> > Subject: Re: Image alt in WAI process intro
> >
> >
> > Shawn Henry wrote:
> >
> > > What are your thoughts on providing descriptive alt text such as
is
> > > there now, or null alt text?
> >
> > Because we are the WAI, I think it's OK to use the descriptive text.
I
> > also think the null solution would be acceptable, but we should do
> more
> > than that for illustrative purposes.
> >
> > We might even include a note that although we're showing what we say
> > we're showing, it's only marginally informative and could be "".
> >
> > Love.
>
>
>
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