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Re: repetitive alt tag question


From: Moore,Michael (DARS)
Date: Mar 27, 2015 2:57PM

In the case that you describe, the duplicate text is fine.

Mike Moore
Accessibility Coordinator,
Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services
(512) 424-4159 (Office)
(512) 574-0091 (Cell)

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From: WebAIM-Forum [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Mike Warner
Sent: Friday, March 27, 2015 3:44 PM
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: [WebAIM] repetitive alt tag question

Hi all,

I'm re-assessing our proprietary course system for accessiblity, and, while there is only one red flag, there are a handful of yellow flags, as per the WAVE browser extension. I can't do anything about the red flag for the moment, but that particular item will be gone in a month or so.

In our courses, there are icons next to the assignment titles in the navigation list to indicate whether the assignment has been completed.
These are checkmarks that replace the icon used for an incomplete assignment. The alt text for all of them is, "This assignment has been completed." We haven't had any complaints from students using assistive tech, but WAVE complains about having that many images with the same alt text so close together.

Should I worry about that? Since the idea is to convey completion status to the non-sighted, I don't want to say something different each time and make it confusing.


Mike Warner
Director of IT Services
MindEdge, Inc.