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Re: Image Galleries, Alt vs caption.

From: david poehlman <david.poehlman@handsontechnologeyes.com>
Date: Sun, 5 Dec 2004 08:10:23 -0500
Message-ID: <003a01c4dacb$c7c72570$6401a8c0@DAVIDPC>
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>, "B.K. DeLong" <bkdelong@pobox.com>

caption and alt serve two different purposes, caption is more like title. 
alt is replacement.

Johnnie Apple Seed

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "B.K. DeLong" <bkdelong@pobox.com>
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Saturday, December 04, 2004 9:25 PM
Subject: Image Galleries, Alt vs caption.

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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