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RE: sales people


From: Tim Harshbarger
Date: Oct 21, 2003 3:16PM


In your case, the word "image" may be correct because you provide additional
text to describe the image. However, since evaluation tools are vastly
limited in their capability to understand the intent of the value of an alt
attribute, they can make mistakes when attempting to determine if the alt
text is adequate or one of those situations where the words are simply a
place filler.

If you are doing a presentation on evaluation tools, this may provide a very
helpful example to you. The fact is evaluation and repair tools are only
part of the solution for making web sites more accessible. In this case,
your knowledge of accessibility allowed you to interpret the feedback from
the evaluation and repair tool correctly.

....and if your intended audience also could involve people with disabilities
to test their web sites, they would undoubtedly gain more additional useful

Hmmm, if you want to make the web accessible, you need the tools, the
knowledge, and the people. Gives me an idea for a presentation.


>-----Original Message-----
>Sent: Tuesday, October 21, 2003 3:12 PM
>Subject: Re: sales people
>This was my first exposure to hisoftware.com so I decided to
>look through the site and see what I could add to my
>presentation on accessibility tools.
>I ran my site through the online accessibility checker and it
>doesn't like the fact that the word 'image' appears in my
>alterate text for an image. The full alternative text says
>that the image is a link to a site where one can get a program
>that produces accessible client side image maps. What word am
>I supposed to use there other than 'image', or am I just
>doomed to having my site fail their checker?
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Dana Louise Simberkoff" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
>> - The HiSoftware online accessibility tester
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