[thelist] To ALT or not to ALT?

Eric Benvenue-Jennings eric at rapid13.org
Thu Jan 11 10:21:35 CST 2001

On 1/10/01 at 3:39 PM, Erika Meyer <meyer at up.edu> wrote:

> The W3C validator DOES claim that they forgot to close a DIV (could be a 
> very bad thing if true).  And there are no "alt" tags (empty or otherwise) 
> on the many spacer gifs.

Taking a tangent...

Is there any benefit to using empty ALT tags besides passing validation tests? 

I guess the question should be, how do screen readers handle empty ALT tags as opposed to missing ALT tags?

Are there any other reasons, besides validation and screen readers, to use empty ALT tags instead of just leaving them out?

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