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RE: Request for site review

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2000 00:51:46 -0400 (EDT)
To: Bruce Bailey <bbailey@clark.net>
cc: Marjolein Katsma <access@javawoman.com>, Web Accessibility Initiative <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.20.0004210050440.11938-100000@tux.w3.org>
I disagree - it is an attempt to use each attribute for their intended
function. The alt attribute specifies a replacement text, and the title
attribute specifies, in humna readable form, the role of the element in the

Charles McCN

On Thu, 20 Apr 2000, Bruce Bailey wrote:

  Marjolein commented:
  >> 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"?
  To which Charles replied:
  > What I do...
  > 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" />
  That is a clever attempt to opt out of the debate over which is better.  If
  you can't decide, why not do both?  Sorry, I am not buying it.  For my part,
  I am loath to use TITLE on IMGs that are NOT links.  And for IMGs that
  actually ARE links, I use the TITLE that is specified in the HEAD by the
  referenced HREF'ed document.  This is usually something similar for what you
  propose for ALT content.  I agree with Marjolein on this one.

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