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Re: alt vs no alt on picture links


From: Weissenberger, Todd M
Date: Feb 28, 2017 1:05PM

I'd go with that, based on WCAG technique H2 (https://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20-TECHS/H2.html) and because in this case, the images don't provide any real content.



T.M. Weissenberger
IT Accessibility Coordinator
Information Security and Policy Office
University of Iowa
2800 University Capitol Centre
Iowa City, IA 52242


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From: Angela French [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ]
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Subject: [WebAIM] alt vs no alt on picture links

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