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Image Galleries, Alt vs caption.

From: B.K. DeLong <bkdelong@pobox.com>
Date: Sat, 04 Dec 2004 21:25:15 -0500
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Hi all -

I thought I'd drop this by you all to see what you think. Perhaps I'm just 
tired and overthinking the matter.

I'm producing an image gallery standard that I want to make accessible as 
possible. In the past, we've used 4 column tables - 1 row for images and a 
second row for captions. In theory, I could associate the caption cell with 
the image cell it goes to but inherently, it's not a proper table data.

So I'm looking for a different option. Probably tables or an inline 
unordered list.

I was thinking - is it overly redundant to have both an ALT attribute on an 
image and a caption under the image? Most users will see the one caption. 
But wouldn't a screenreader potentially read both? Is there a valid way to 
associate a caption with an image? Is the table solution more logical in 
this casE?

Thanks in advance.

B.K. DeLong

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