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Re: Image alt in WAI process intro

From: Shawn Henry <shawn@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2006 11:41:18 -0500
Message-ID: <45116F2E.3000603@w3.org>
To: "EOWG (E-mail)" <w3c-wai-eo@w3.org>, "EOWG (E-mail)" <w3c-wai-eo@w3.org>
Cc: Judy Brewer <jbrewer@w3.org>

EOWG folks,

Thanks for the comments and discussions on the EOWG mailing list[1]! Based on all the feedback[2], I plan to use very minimal alt text:

1. "draft documents" for Working Draft
2. "complete technical report" for Last Call Working Draft
3.  "using computer with technical report" for Candidate Recommendation (other ideas include: "using computer", "developing Web project with technical report", "developing with technical report")
4. "endorsing technical report" for Proposed Recommendation
5. "finalized technical report" for W3C Recommendation (other ideas include: "final technical report", "approved technical report", "technical report with gold seal")

Feedback welcome.

Best,
~ Shawn

fyi, the previous version with the long alt is available from the "reference" section of the changelog at:
	http://www.w3.org/WAI/EO/changelogs/cl-process.html#refs

[1] to the "Image alt in WAI process intro" email thread starting at:
	http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-eo/2006JulSep/0106.html

[2] particularly:

Sylvie Duchateau wrote:
Empty alt tags... does not give equivalent information as the information provided by the images. 
There should be a short text equivalent of each image that should not explain what the images look like, but this text equivalent should explain which information they try to provide. 

Swan, Henny wrote:
These images... do add a little value visually 
as they give a little context and almost act as a summary for the 
associated text. If this can be captured in the ALT text then it may be 
worth having descriptive ALT text as they are strictly speaking 
informative images.
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