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Re: Alt Text


From: Geof Collis
Date: Feb 25, 2010 1:03PM

But JAWS announces it's a graphic anyway, why duplicate it?



At 01:55 PM 2/25/2010, you wrote:
>Bevi Chagnon | PubCom wrote:
> >
> > From my research and testing, I've found that a quick identifier in the
> > ALT
> > text helps a) quickly convey the information to the user, and b) reduces
> > the
> > number of words I need to use.
> > Some examples.
> > Photo: sunset in Rocky Mountain forest.
> > Logo: U.S. Forest Service.
> > Pie chart: Number of blue widgets sold in 2009, by sales quarter. (This
> > sample would also get a longdesc attribute to provide the chart's
> > details.)
>I would echo agreement with Bevi's 'pattern' here, and have suggested it
>in the past as a best practices guideline. Additionally, I 'wrap' the alt
>text in [square brackets], for times when images might be disabled for
>sighted users, and the image 'interrupts' or skews text flow (or might
>seem redundant to some users). For example:
>[Photo: Jared Smith] Jared Smith is the Director of WebAIM...
>As opposed to:
>Jared Smith Jared Smith is the Director of WebAIM...
>Just a suggestion however.
> > I use a colon to separate the identifier from the text so that it pauses
> > the
> > screen reader for blind users, and also makes grammatical sense to
> > sighted users.
>Yup, some common identifiers I use are: [Photo: ], [Icon: ], [Graphic:
>], [Chart: ], etc.