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Re: Investigating the proposed alt attribute recommendations in HTML 5

From: Joshue O Connor <joshue.oconnor@cfit.ie>
Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2007 11:19:31 +0100
Message-ID: <46D699B3.7040707@cfit.ie>
To: Steve Faulkner <sfaulkner@paciellogroup.com>
Cc: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>, HTMLWG <public-html@w3.org>, wai-xtech@w3.org

Steve Faulkner wrote:
>  Because of the different support provided by AT the safest bet would be, if
> the image is the sole content of a link,  a description of the links target
> page, not a description of the image. for example:
> <img alt="Sgt.Pepper and Robinone Individual Photo Page">

Thats right. The screen reader user will not care that the image you
have used is of a nice shiny aqua styled icon. In this context such
information and description about the graphic itself is completely
redundant. It is much better to describe for the user the link
destination, or give then some information about what they can do or
expect when they get there.

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