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use of alt attributes in decorative images

From: Frank Tobin <ftobin@uiuc.edu>
Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2001 16:08:46 -0600 (CST)
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.BSF.4.31.0101241603390.18399-100000@palanthas.neverending.org>
Some images in xhtml documents are there merely for presentational
purposes;  they have no semantic or navigational meaning whatsoever.  For
example, they can be used to add to the "feel" of the site.  Is it
appropriate to give these images a non-empty alt descrition?  Should the
alt describe the image, or should it only describe it only if the
description of the image would flow within the surrounding content and
structure of the document?

Would somehow using CSS be a better approach to embedding these
presentational-only images?

Frank Tobin		http://www.uiuc.edu/~ftobin/
Received on Wednesday, 24 January 2001 17:08:47 UTC

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