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Re: Views on some accessibility details

From: Daniel Dardailler <danield@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 1997 14:18:02 +0200
Message-Id: <199707221218.OAA08920@www47.inria.fr>
To: Robert Savellis <savellis@ozemail.com.au>
cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

> I have had some feedback on the AUS Accessibility Standards
> for Web Design (guidelines for accessibility for Australian 
> Govt websites), in regards to fine-tuning some of the Standards.
> However, I am not certain as to the accuracy of some of these 
> recommendations, therefore, I was hopeful for some expert feedback.
> (1) Do the Height and Width attributes in image tags alter page load time, 
> or do they simply load text first?

The issue is with formatting.

You have to load some text first, in order to get the IMG SRC that are
included. But since you don't want to relayout the text after each
images, it's better to know the size of the image in advance (so you
reserve the space and move forward in the text stream).

So yes, putting image size is valuable.

Note that this can also be done using CSS.
  <IMG SRC=foo.gif STYLE="width:3cm;height:4cm">

> (2) Is it the case that the vast majority of web clients wrap ALT text? 

I don't really know for sure. Netscape 3.0 doesn't.
> (3) Is it fair to describe the latest version of Lynx as frames capable?

Don't know.
> (4) Finally, does validation also serve the purpose of making a site
> accessible? 

What kind of validation ? just HTML ?
Received on Tuesday, 22 July 1997 08:18:30 UTC

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