[uf-new] img alt content (was:hAudio implemented on Bitmunk (with onesnag))

Andy Mabbett andy at pigsonthewing.org.uk
Wed Jul 11 01:07:26 PDT 2007

In message <003501c7c33c$9b2e10d0$bc08a8c0 at nzto22>, Paul Wilkins 
<paul_wilkins at xtra.co.nz> writes

>> Can you give a real world example of someone publishing such "garbage"
>> alt text, pertinent to microformats (and again with URLs as above),
>> which does not violate the HTML specs, please?
>I can.
>Our website uses feature pages for our cleints to help improve their 
>visibility to the general public through search engines. One of the 
>ways of doing this is to load the page with specific keywords and 
>phrases for our clients.
>Images for example would have "Copyright CityLife Auckland. Suite at 
>our Auckland hotel accommodation"

Unless that's the graphical content of the image, which seems unlikely, 
that's an abuse of the alt attribute; such text should be in the title 
attribute. It *does* violate the HTML specs. And how is it "pertinent to 

>as a business we have a commitment to our clients to provide them the 
>best results that we can.

What about their responsibility to their customers, some of whom will 
have a visual disability?

Andy Mabbett

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