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robot did not remark on ALTs

From: Jim Nagel <jim.nagel@UKonline.co.uk>
Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2000 20:00:09 -0500 (EST)
To: www-validator@w3.org
Message-ID: <Marcel-1.53-0121005937-7d6t$G3@jim.nagel.ukonline.co.uk>
hello, W3C ; this is England calling.

i was recently offended by a pain graphic-exclusive
site today and put it through your validator robot.

i am one of those people who prefer to browse
with graphics switched off -- slow phone lines
over here, and expensive.  at this site, i saw
nothing but blank rectangles, little ones that
were obviously buttons, but the labels had not
yet shown because they were graphics, no text.
i always thought HTML rules demanded ALT tags
with each graphic: a word or two of plain text.

so i was surprised that your robot's report did
not mention the lack of alt tags.

i note, by the way, that the pages in question
were generated by Microsoft Frontpage software.
am i right in feeling rude the remark near the
bottom of http://www.theoldoaks.co.uk/header.html ?
what if i were blind and depended on software that
reads web text out loud for me?

your comments would be interesting!  i have a 
column to write!

  --jim nagel
     Computer Shopper magazine UK, freelance

  on a StrongArm xAcorn Risc Machine. British technik. no tax to Gate$.

   ... kindly prearrange before sending large files (slow lines here)
   ... no Microsoft attachments (Word, Office, Excel, M$HTML, ...) please
       keep those viruses, worms, trojans and monopolies to yourself!
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