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alt vs no alt on picture links


From: Angela French
Date: Feb 28, 2017 11:36AM

This page<http://www.sbctc.edu/for-employers/default.aspx>; is a landing page. In its main content area it contains a paragraph of introductory text then three pictures with links to new pages. The three picture-links are "Economic Development", "Employer Grants and Loans" and "Centers of Excellence". The picture and the text are in separate divs and these are wrapped in the anchor tag so that both the picture and the text becomes clickable.

When I listed with NVDA the alt text for the three pictures sounds cumbersome . Since the picture is just basically "eye candy" for the navigational link, I'm inclined to provide a null alt attribute.

I would appreciate your opinion.

Angela French
Internet/Intranet Specialist
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges