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RE: ALT-attribute usage (fwd)

From: David Poehlman <poehlman@clark.net>
Date: Mon, 3 Nov 1997 11:58:49 -0500 (EST)
To: Mike Paciello <paciello@yuri.org>
cc: Chuck Letourneau <cpl@starlingweb.com>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.GSO.3.96.971103115725.5168D-100000@clark.net>
Hi, I still want to know what the symbol is.  how do we find out if we
don't know to look at the source and such?
if you say item and I do agree that is what it means and it sure sounds
better and perhaps makes the text more meaningfull, but the question of
what symbol is being displayed is still there.  perhaps this goes into a
description catagory.

On Mon, 3 Nov 1997, Mike Paciello wrote:

> I agree with Chuck. In fact, this is exactly what I stated in my last two
> workshops. Everyone agreed and felt this provided a more accurate
> description of the entity.
> - Mike
> At 10:55 AM 11/3/97 -0500, Chuck Letourneau wrote:
> >Last week, Gregg wrote:
> >>
> >>4) Recommend use of Alt = "bullet, "  (comma and space important to provide 
> >>pause)
> >>	- gets us back to providing a short audible cue between items to separate
> >>them and identify them as being items in a list.
> >>	- works on all browsers today
> >>	- gives the audible equivalent of a visual bullet
> >>	- allows variation if there are different bullet images (in which case the 
> >>meaning of the different bullets should be substituted.
> >>	- is annoying to hear if you already know for sure that it is a list item
> >>
> >>>From this listing it would appear that "bullet" would be the proper 
> >>approach. 
> >
> >Since "bullet" essentially means "item" (or new item, or next item), and
> >"item" does not denote any hierarchical value (as does a numbered list),
> >then the use of ALT="Item: " to describe the function of a bullet seems
> >appropriate to me.  "Item" avoids the pain mentioned by Len in a product
> >list, telling people to order that strange "bullet, train" which is really
> >"Item: train".  Also, doesn't the colon-space give a slightly better pause
> >than a comma-space? 
> >
> >Chuck Letourneau
> >
> >
> >

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