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Re: another alt question

From: David Poehlman <poehlman1@comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2002 15:01:52 -0500
To: "Leslie K. Yoder" <lkyoder@pacbell.net>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-id: <002701c1b8b7$1bf56ec0$708d3244@cp286066a>
the answer to your two questions is that if you are putting a site up on
the world wide web and people are browsing with images off no matter
what the reason, there needs to be something for them to shoot bullets
at so you are not being accessive at all.  If the site owner does not
wish for people to view their site with images off than naught needs
doing.  as for long desk and alt, alt is to present the image and long
desc is to describe it but long desc is not sufficient so there should
be a link for this or perhaps it can be done on the same page.  Either
way you slice it, what you end up with is if you put in a link, some
people get anoyed but they can still access it and if you put it on the
page, others and perhaps the same get anoyed but they can still access
it but if you do neither, those not loading images will see a blank page
unless you use long desc and they support it.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Leslie K. Yoder" <lkyoder@pacbell.net>
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Monday, February 18, 2002 1:34 PM
Subject: another alt question

I've read with great interest the discussion regarding the purpose and
content of alt text.  So far, the emphasis has been on images that are
"decorative" or supplemental in some way to the main content of a page.

My question is this: what if the images _are_ the content--for example,
photo gallery or artist's online portfolio?  My guess is that long desc
would be the way to go, but I'm not sure.

I'm currently working up a site for a friend who is a graphic artist
in the area of signage), and I've looked at several artists' pages in
process. I've found, for the most part, that these pages don't concern
themselves with accessibility for the blind, the reasoning apparently
that a blind user would have no interest in or use for graphic arts (a
position that I, of course, find questionable).

So I guess my question is really two-fold: Am I being excessive in
that even a site that's predominantly visual in its purpose be
And what are your recommendations for alt and long desc content in this
particular case?

Thanks much

Leslie K. Yoder
Received on Monday, 18 February 2002 15:04:04 UTC

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