Nicholas C. Romano, Jr.
Website Accessibility Research:
Disabled Users Still Locked Out
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Faculty Research Excellence Series
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Thursday, March 29, 2007 6:00 pm North Hall Room 150
Examples of bad alt text
Any HTML markup. alt text can only contain plain text and entities, no tags.
alt="filename.jpg". This doesn't get us anywhere. What is the graphic's function? We don't care what it's called.
alt="alt text". Inserted by some HTML editors as a reminder, and left there by clueless designers.
alt="Click here!" Serves no useful purpose (unless of course it's on a graphic that says "Click here!").
alt="Turn images on!" This is like being asked by a blind person what time the clock says, and responding, "Just open your eyes!" Images may be off for a reason (low bandwidth), they may be unavailable (text-only browser), or they may not even be off at all (screen reader, which displays images but reads alt text aloud).