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Re: screen readers for macs - also bobby question

From: David Poehlman <poehlman1@comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 08 Mar 2003 09:24:35 -0500
To: David Poehlman <poehlman1@comcast.net>, Access Systems <accessys@smart.net>, David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-id: <005e01c2e57e$7295b8d0$6501a8c0@handsontech>

one more thing on this topic.  We must remember that this is the world wide
web and that includes not limiting ourselves to any particular law or set of
regulations or standards that do not consider as best as possible the entire

----- Original Message -----
From: "David Poehlman" <poehlman1@comcast.net>
To: "Access Systems" <accessys@smart.net>; "David Woolley"
Cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Saturday, March 08, 2003 9:12 AM
Subject: Re: screen readers for macs - also bobby question

I disagree with this.  AS a braille display user, I don't need nonsense on
my display.  alt="" is the magic string for nonesential images.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Access Systems" <accessys@smart.net>
To: "David Woolley" <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Saturday, March 08, 2003 8:51 AM
Subject: Re: screen readers for macs - also bobby question

On Sat, 8 Mar 2003, David Woolley wrote:

> > example 2: for purely decorative images it has become
> > general practise to use empty alt attributes.  that is
> > just to satisfy bobby and wai.  how is that more
> > accessible than a missing alt attribute?
> A missing alt makes the HTML invalid.  I think the idea was that requiring
> the attribute would make people think about it, but, of course, people

and if you are using text, you never know wheather it is "just for
pretty" or critical information...I think EVERY piece of graphic no matter
how unimportant the writer thinks it is (well it must be important he
coded it) it should be left to the reader to decide if it is
valuable. even if the alt tag is "pretty curlicues" it should be there.  I
don't think any alt should ever be empty for any reason if it displays for
any user the information should be there for every user.


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