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Re: Request for site review

From: Marjolein Katsma <access@javawoman.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Apr 2000 16:05:01 +0200
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To: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Cc: Web Accessibility Initiative <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

At 09:03 2000-04-14 -0400, Charles McCathieNevile wrote:
>What I do...
>The logo is an identifier for the site - it is basically a graphic that can
>be remembered. 

I've been thinking: a better *alternative* for that might actually be a sound. Say an easy to recognize jingle, that tells you you've arrive at the Fuzzybuz site (or whereever).

Does alternative content always have to be alternative *text*? Or can we have several alternatives, ratehr than just one?

>In text, as an alt, I use the name of the thing being identified - for
>example W3C. In the title of the image I explain that it is a logo (human
>redable text about the role of the image in the page)
>For example:
>   <img src="w3c_home" alt="World Wide Web Consortium" title="W3C Logo" />
>(As Marjolein points out, this is different from text intended to be read.)
>Charles McCN
>On Fri, 14 Apr 2000, Marjolein Katsma wrote:
>   David,
>   At 07:55 2000-04-14 -0400, David Poehlman wrote:
>   >The word logo in an alt tag belies the function of alt.
>   >
>   >alt is to present an alternative equivalent to, not the function of the
>   >image.
>   OK, maybe I'm dumb.
>cmn: I doubt it...


>   I just don't see a better alternative to the W3C logo than "W3C logo".
>   Can you make up a better ALT attribute that still conveys the fact that
>   it *is* a logo, and not "text to be read"?

Marjolein Katsma
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