[thelist] alt tags

James Newbery jamesnewbery at yahoo.co.uk
Wed Jul 24 05:01:01 CDT 2002

 --- ".jeff" <jeff at members.evolt.org> wrote:

> i'm afraid i have to disagree with rnib on this one.
>  using an empty alt attribute is far superior as the
> screen reader will skip over it entirely.  by using
> an asterisk there could be some confusion between an
> image used for layout and an image used as a bullet.

Agreed. The RNIB are trying to mitigate for
inaccessible design by less informed web authors.
Their suggested use of the asterisk is like saying "No
there really isn't anything here of interest". It's
like filling all the white space on your screen with
the word 'nothing'.


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