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Re: Background Alt Tag


From: Kynn Bartlett
Date: Jun 10, 2003 3:19PM

Background graphics should be used only for "decoration" purposes and
thus shouldn't require an alt text. Any information to be provided to
the user needs be to encoded in the HTML document. People can turn off
backgrounds and images, of course.

What makes your webmaster think that background images "load faster"
anyway? I'm trying to understand the context in which she thinks this
is accurate. Can you explain some more?


On Tuesday, June 10, 2003, at 01:32 PM, <EMAIL REMOVED> wrote:

> One of our webmasters here wants to use a background on her page that
> has a
> picture imbedded on it. One reason is that it loads faster. Is there
> such
> a thing as an alt tag for the background on a website?? How would it
> be
> made accessible? or is this something that cannot be made accessible?
> I
> know that a alt tag can go on a .jpg, etc.
Kynn Bartlett < <EMAIL REMOVED> > http://kynn.com
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