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From: Birkir R. Gunnarsson
Date: Oct 31, 2011 8:57AM


Happy Halloween ladies and gentlemen.

I am fighting a consistent lack of understanding of alt tags within
image sources to links.
If someone can help me on the pat towards enlightenment in this area,
it would be most appreciated.
The example I am analyzing can be found here:
http://www.rikisendurskodun.is/frettir/nanar/article/erfitt-ad-meta-arangur-rammasamninga-um-innkaup.html

There is a headline (heading level 1). Right after that is a link to a picture
pics/e2c148...
Jaws recognizes this as a link,, and reads it, with the name of the image i.e.
"graphic link pics/e2c1...."
The image itself has both alt and title tags set to ""
What would be the correct way to code this link to hide it from screen
readers altogether?
I think I am being confuse by all the Javascript code and IDs I have
to weigh through, making the code a mess to inspect with a screen
reader.
If anyone uses a screen reader to inspect html code, definitely let me
know what you are using in order to do so most effectively.
I will be setting up VS 2010 tomorrow, and I am hoping it will help.
Thanks
-Birkir