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Re: empty alternatives?

From: Jon Gunderson <jongund@ux1.cso.uiuc.edu>
Date: Mon, 15 Nov 1999 16:40:03 -0600
Message-Id: <4.1.19991115163821.00ac9380@staff.uiuc.edu>
To: David Poehlman <poehlman@clark.net>, WAI User Agent Working Group <w3c-wai-ua@w3.org>
An image with no alt text should have information rendered that there is an
image present.  
An image with empty ALT text (ALT="") should be suppressed.  This is my
understanding of WCAG guidelines recommendation.

At 04:40 PM 11/15/99 -0500, David Poehlman wrote:
>I review currently the nov 5 draft and each time I do from the first,
>I get a queasy feeling about empty alternatives.  I understand on the
>one hand why and agree with the sentament that the word image repeated
><50 11> times is pretty obnoxious.  Consider for a monemt though that
>an image that has no alt text is one that is downloadable or is
>desired to be.  if Nothing is rendered, it cannot be found by a screen
>reader but through digging out the source assuming one knows that it
>is there in the first place.  Can we then have a ttoggle for this?  so
>that we can have either the url or nothing rendered?
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