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Re: Alt text (was VIKI - text transcodeing)


From: John Foliot - Stanford Online Accessibility Program
Date: Jan 22, 2007 1:00PM

Patrick H. Lauke wrote:
> Which brings me back to my original assertion: if that is already
> written out in the copy, I see it as duplication. For a sighted user,
> it conveys the same meaning in two different ways; for a screen reader
> user, it conveys it in a single way.

But it need not, and that's the point. Functional equivalency here allows
us to re-enforce the concept in a separate way for the screen reader user
just as the image does for the sighted user.

> Nonetheless, I argue that the
> meaning of the page is not lost with an empty alt on the fluff image.

Not lost, but not the same either...

>> The fact that you are illustrating
>> "...we've got photographic evidence" is in itself an important
>> statement don't you think?
> Nope.
> But we'll have to agree to disagree on this matter then.

And we can do that Patrick <smile>.