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Re: Image alt in WAI process intro

From: Sylvie Duchateau <sylvie.duchateau@snv.jussieu.fr>
Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2006 10:06:39 +0200
Message-ID: <200609211006390078.0029D588@mail.snv.jussieu.fr>
To: shawn@w3.org, w3c-wai-eo@w3.org, w3c-wai-eo@w3.org
Cc: "danield@w3.org" <jbrewer@w3.org>

hello Shawn,
I think that Henny's idea of providing for each alt a summary of the status of the document is good and helpful. 
In her e-mail she proposed : 
1. "Working drafts - there can be many working drafts"
2. "Last call working draft - the public are invited to comment"
3. "Candidate recommendation - the recommendations are publicly tested"
4. "Proposed recommendation - the document gathers endorsements"
5. W3C recommendation - the document becomes a web standard"

This does not correspond to the look and meaning of each image but this brings a similar information for non visual users as images for visual users. 

An alt content like : >1. "draft documents" for Working Draft would be redundant to the text following the image. A short summary in the alt would be an additional help for the user who cannot see the images. 

Best
Sylvie
 


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On 20/09/2006 at 11:41 Shawn Henry wrote:

>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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