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Re: Use of ALT texts in IMGs

From: Brian Kelly <lisbk@ukoln.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 23 Nov 1999 17:18:24 -0000
Message-ID: <04cf01bf35d6$bff19fa0$3c92268a@bath.ac.uk>
To: Marti <marti47@mediaone.net>, webmaster@dors.sailorsite.net, "'Steven McCaffrey'" <smccaffr@mail.nysed.gov>
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Hi Marti

> The biggest problem with alt="" is that I am never really sure it that
> the image is just decoration or that the 'programmer' just couldn't be
> bothered to fill it in.

We could use typed images i.e.

<img src="clear.gif" src="" class="non-functional">

so that evaluation and repair tools don't report on null strings which
are there deliberately.

Or how about a space or &nbsp; (is this legal)?

I suspect there are solutions - but it would require the software
vendors to agree on a solution.


Brian Kelly, UK Web Focus
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> > Even with images that server no real purpose beyond decoration, I
> > feel that something like ALT="[Photo]" is better than ALT="".
> >
> >
> > On Tuesday, November 23, 1999 7:22 AM, Steven McCaffrey
> > [SMTP:smccaffr@MAIL.NYSED.GOV] wrote:
> > > It depends on the purpose of the page/site.
> > > Is the purpose in this case to give an answer to the question:
> > > "Why you should come here?"
> > > I infer from the question you ask that the intended purpose is for
> > visitors to become familiar with the hotel and grounds? then, yes,
the alt
> > text should be provided.  See added comment in square brackets
> >
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