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RE: WAVE 3.0 alpha


From: Jukka Korpela
Date: Dec 9, 2002 12:25AM

Ineke van der Maat wrote:

> Wave 3.0 complains that my input type (an image) in a form
> is missing the alt text, but this has name, id, title, value and alt.

I wonder if there's something special in the alt attribute value.
Or maybe Wave gets confused with the order of the attributes
(which shouldn't matter), or something.

Can you post the URL of your page?

It seems to me that Wave 3.0 _reports_ all alt attributes for
image submit buttons, displaying their values as well. This might
be regarded as an error report, if people are used to analyzers
that report problems only. But green symbols indicate just
"accessibility features" - the report is informative and urges
the user to verify whether the alt text is adequate.

I think the overall approach of Wave is very interesting and useful
for many purposes. There's need for some fine tuning in details.
(For example, in the report, words of the document often appear
without spaces between them.) Besides, a person who uses Wave needs
to study the way it works and get familiar with the symbols.
They look somewhat confusing to me at first sight, but on a closer
look, I think there's logic behind them, and as one gets used to
them, it'll probably be easy to understand the reports.

Jukka Korpela, senior adviser
TIEKE Finnish Information Society Development Centre
Diffuse Business Guide to Web Accessibility and Design for All:

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