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Re: Empty alt tags

From: David Poehlman <poehlman1@comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2002 17:12:29 -0500
To: Al Gilman <asgilman@iamdigex.net>, W3C WAI-IG list <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-id: <014c01c1bbee$04d568f0$188d3244@cp286066a>
Al Has a point here.  Some things that may be annoying to me will make
the difference between access and lack of access to others.  we live in
a world of diversity among similarities and must strole downtown once in
a while.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Al Gilman" <asgilman@iamdigex.net>
To: "W3C WAI-IG list" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Friday, February 22, 2002 9:19 AM
Subject: Re: Empty alt tags

At 04:13 AM 2002-02-22 , jukka.korpela@tieke.fi wrote:
>After all, the only thing that such duplication serves is to
>reinforce some people's tendency to click on anything to see whether
it's a
>link somewhere.

This bit of rant is naive with regard to HCI.  In a way that makes it
ill-considered as a basis for building universal-access technology.

The fact that both the text and the icon should be sensitive is a lesson
of human computer interaction learned the hard way (by doing it wrong
and suffering).   Nobody should be expected to regress from that
hard-learned lesson.

It is not just that historically systems have action-enabled one or the
other.  It is a fact that people will differ in what they reach for to
manipulate, and the only safe thing for the UI designer to do is enable

Have people heard of left-brain vs. right-brain diversity among people?

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