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Re: Seamless Accessibility (was Re: your mail)

From: Liam Quinn <liam@htmlhelp.com>
Date: Fri, 22 May 1998 16:58:34 -0400
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At 09:32 AM 22/05/98 -0500, Wendy A Chisholm wrote:
>WC:: Within the body of the OBJECT element, an author can provide as much
>text as they would like, or even alternative OBJECTs.  If the OBJECT is of
>type "image/gif" and the user wishes not to load graphics, then the content
>of the OBJECT could be displayed or the user agent could create a button
>that will cause the text to be displayed on request.  The user agent could
>do a number of things:  pop up a window with the description, include the
>description in-line [...]

The content of the OBJECT element should replace the image, not describe
it.  This is the same principle at work with IMG and its ALT attribute.
Replacement content is key to accessibility while the description of an
image is an extra frill that is valued by some but in no way necessary for
the accessibility of a page.

Liam Quinn
Web Design Group            Enhanced Designs, Web Site Development
http://www.htmlhelp.com/    http://enhanced-designs.com/
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