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Re: latest practice on alt text


From: Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis
Date: Dec 24, 2008 9:40AM

On 24/12/08 12:00, Jukka K. Korpela wrote:
> could it really matter what it looks like, as apart from
> what it symbolizes?

Well, yes, but that's what I'd envisage a description might actually
talk about: what are the visual components of the logo intended to mean?

Some (maybe most) logos don't symbolize anything much, so there wouldn't
be anything to say.

On the other hand, some logos are subjects of symbolic or historical
interest in their own right, for example the US Department of Justice seal:

Image: http://www.usdoj.gov/criminal/cybercrime/dojseal.gif

Discussion: http://www.usdoj.gov/jmd/ls/dojseal.htm

That is: if a discussion of the logo is in order, it's potentially
relevant to anyone, but doesn't belong on every page in an ALT attribute.

Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis