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adding ALT text to a CSS - background-image

Sent by Christian Heilmann on 17 July 2006 19:07


> On 7/17/06, Maciejewski, James [EMAIL-REMOVED]> wrote:
> > Is it possible to add ALT text to this?
>
> No (at least not directly)
>
> If the image is presentational, it should be in the background with no alt
> if the image is content, it should be in img tags, and properly alt'ed.

100% ack on that.

And just out of curiousity: What is so hard about saying "should be
IMG elements with proper alt attributes" or "should be images in the
HTML with proper alternative text". If we keep on talking about "alt
tags" or "alt-ing images" we'll keep it that mythical geek thing a lot
of content editors think adding alternative text is. It is a simple
editorial task, and the one responsible for creating the markup -
which could be a CMS simply adds the text in an alt attribute. Let's
get those alternative texts out of the closet... Alternative text is
not a technical issue, it is an integral part of the content of a web
page.

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Chris Heilmann
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