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Re: DRAFT response Re[2]: Request for PFWG WAI review of Omitting alt Attribute for Critical Content

From: Gregory J. Rosmaita <unagi69@unagi69.cnc.net>
Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2007 10:20:27 -0500 (EST)
To: Al Gilman <Alfred.S.Gilman@IEEE.org>, <wai-xtech@w3.org>
Message-Id: <20071128152027.BCD107D0@atlas.cnc.net>

aloha, al!

you asked, quote:

> Somebody please confirm or deny this.  Do screen readers
> actually skip images with @alt=""?

yes -- and here's some hard data for you....

in the HTML Options in JAWS configuration manager, for example, the 
following settings have been available since 5.x -- note that a left 
parenthesis followed by a space and then a right parenthesis indicates a 
radio button (all of the options below, save for one edit box, are radio 

---- Begin JAWS HTML Graphics Options ----
Graphic Verbosity
( ) No Graphics
( ) Tagged Graphics
( ) All Graphics

Graphics Options
( ) Use Title
( ) Use Alt Attribute
( ) Use "OnMouseOver ToolTip"
( ) Use Longest
( ) Custom Search String
     Define Graphic Option Search Order (edit box)

Graphical Link Last Resort:
( ) Use Image's src
( ) Use Anchor's href
---- End JAWS HTML Graphics Options ----

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Gregory J. Rosmaita, unagi69@concentric.net
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