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 Lynx. Jacob Stetser <jake.stetser at headhunter.net> Website Development Manager Headhunter.net 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 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? --------------------------------------- For unsubscribe and other options, including the Tip Harvester and archive of TheList go to: http://lists.evolt.org Workers of the Web, evolt !