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RE: nbsp ok for decorative alt?

From: Jim Thatcher <jim@jimthatcher.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Apr 2006 11:54:39 -0500
To: "'Michael Cooper'" <michaelc@watchfire.com>, <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <000e01c65cbf$75587c40$6501a8c0@jtcom2400>

Michael cooper said:
no negative effect that I know of

How about fact that it appears visually as [] on mouse over in IE?

It is a simple mathematical fact that alt=" " is not empty. It is a sting of
length one consisting of the space character. So, repeating, it is not empty
alt-text. It is not null alt-text. It is alt-text consisting of one
character and should not be a recommended technique in the case you want
empty alt text. It is sloppy thinking!

However that does not stop someone from enhancing their text view by using
alt=" " as Michael suggests. In other words it is ok to use alt=" " if you
have a reason for doing so but should not be recommended for "empty or null

Oh well, I do have a thing about the importance of alt=""!

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