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RE: Alt Text for Decorative Linked Graphics


From: Moore, Michael
Date: Jul 27, 2006 10:30AM

That's an easy one Kyle,

The alt text should say where the link is going. Thus the magician's hat
should say "tips and tricks" and the eighth note should say
"personalize." :)

Now if the anchor is wrapped around both the image and a text link that
says where the link is going, you can use alt="".


-----Original Message-----
[mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Kyle Gong
Sent: Thursday, July 27, 2006 11:17 AM
Subject: [WebAIM] Alt Text for Decorative Linked Graphics

Hello all!

I have a question about using alt text for linked graphics. There are a
number of graphics on our site that are basically decorative. They are
just icons for different pages... a magician's hat for "Tips and Tricks"
a pair of eighth notes for "Personalize" etc. We originally gave them
blank alt attributes... alt="" because we figured they were basically
decorative. However, we just recently discovered that screen readers
will still read the location of the graphic if it has a blank alt
attribute, but is a link. What is the correct way to go here?


Kyle Gong

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