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    Good alts

    I think this may have been discussed elsewhere but I'd like to drag it up again. If you have a photo or image on a page, how do you go about describing it? I'm thinking here also from the perspective of the Lynx user - is it best to do something like this for example alt="image: man sitting at computer" or just alt="man sitting at computer". What about characters like colons in alt or pipes, good idea to use them or not?

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    rough and ready rules of thumb that i usually try to live by:

    describe the purpouse of the image, and not necessarily the image itself. (e.g. "back to top of document" rather than "bevelled blue arrow pointing upwards").

    purely decorative images (e.g. a patterned border, swirly separator image, etc), put an empty alt="" in.

    in cases in which the image is decorative, but tries to convey some kind of "emotional" or whatever value, you could do for a dual approach of having something like "a dynamic company with friendly service (image: smiling female telesales operator with headset sitting at workstation)" or something similar.

    my opinion anyway.
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    re: your dual approach, would you use the alt and title attribute with the title being the more "emotional" description?

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    nah, i'd personally stick the whole thing into the ALT attribute...but that's just me.
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    in the words of Big Bob Joylove, "I get ya"

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    Redux you are a Master! I have the same oppinion!
    While such tags are really usable.

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    In the book "building accessible websites" of Joe Clark, page 63, stands that by convention, limit alt texts to 1024 characters (1K) or less.

    Any comments?

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    You are looking for information for excellent Alt tags?

    Have a look here:

    http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/html/alt.html

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