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From: Angela French
Date: Dec 23, 2008 12:10PM


I am looking for any research on the use of alternative text for images on web pages that are merely for illustration purposes only.
Specifically, does it just create "aural clutter" to provide alternative text on images that impart no information? Is a page more usable to a screen reader user if alt text is left out under such circumstances?

Any opinions appreciated.

Angela French
Internet Specialist
State Board for Community & Technical Colleges
360-704-4316
http://www.checkoutacollege.com
http://www.sbctc.ctc.edu