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Re: Alt is not a description (was Re: when to use longdesc for images)

From: David Dorward <david@dorward.me.uk>
Date: Tue, 21 Dec 2004 12:38:55 +0000
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <20041221123855.GE18182@us-lot.org>

On Tue, Dec 21, 2004 at 07:33:09AM -0500, Matthew J. Giustino wrote:
>    I disagree, "alt" is in fact a description.
>    Maybe this page will clarify the "alt" attribute for this discussion.
>    Reference for "alt" : http://www.w3.org/WAI/wcag-curric/sam2-0.htm

That, I think, needs rewriting. 

Alt is a replacement. _Sometimes_ (maybe even often) a description of
the image is a good replacement, but not always.

Certainly I think that the second example should be changed, browsers
already announce links when they hit <a> elements with href
attributes, stating that the link is a link is redundant and wasteful.

David Dorward                                      http://dorward.me.uk
Received on Tuesday, 21 December 2004 12:38:56 UTC

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