[thelist] To ALT or not to ALT?

Jake Stetser jake.stetser at headhunter.net
Thu Jan 11 10:23:29 CST 2001

If you want a graphic (no pun intended) illustration, try surfing a site
that doesn't use alt on spacer/design images using a text browser such as

Jacob Stetser <jake.stetser at headhunter.net>
Website Development Manager
P: 770.349.2906

-----Original Message-----
From: Eric Benvenue-Jennings [mailto:eric at rapid13.org]
Sent: Thursday, January 11, 2001 11:20 AM
To: thelist at lists.evolt.org
Subject: [thelist] To ALT or not to ALT?

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

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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