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Re: ALT-attribute usage

From: Dave Raggett <dsr@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 1997 11:08:20 -0400 ()
To: jaap van lelieveld <Jaap.van.Lelieveld@inter.NL.net>
cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.WNT.3.95.971021110532.-169183E-100000@hazel.hpl.hp.com>
On Mon, 20 Oct 1997, jaap van lelieveld wrote:

> Make sure the ALT-attribut for HTML 4.0 and beyond will be used
> for an ALTernate description of an object both in old elements
> (like IMG) and new ones (like OBJECT).  Let other objectives use
> specific attributes (see "tool tip" remarks earlier). 

The OBJECT element doesn't include an alt attribute since
the content of the OBJECT element is used as the fallback.
This allows for rich text descriptions to be given in place
including regular HTML elements such as paragraphs, lists
and hypertext links. The title attribute can be used for
a one-liner description of the OBJECT and would normally
be used on gui's as a tooltip for the object.


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