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Re: Longdesc attribute for images

From: Rachel Tanenhaus <rtanenhaus@adaptiveenvironments.org>
Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2003 11:07:02 -0400
Message-ID: <005e01c335ab$4610ed20$69278f3f@winstar.net>
To: "Jerry Weichbrodt" <gerald.g.weichbrodt@ived.gm.com>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

Jerry Weichbrodt wrote the following:

> Yes, it's true that graphical browsers used without AT have little use for
> the long description since the non-AT user presumeably can view the image
> directly.

Hmmm.  Not entirely true - I have low vision myself, and I sometimes have
difficulty seeing detailed graphics, such as charts/graphs/etc.  A
description can help fill in the details for me.  I don't use a
screenreader, but I find things like alt tags, d-links, etc. to be quite
useful, because they let me know what I *didn't* see, if that makes sense.


Rachel H. Tanenhaus, MPH
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