Re: debian gnu/linux
On Sat, Sep 11, 1999 at 12:48:51AM +0300, Antti-Juhani Kaijanaho wrote:
> > > ALT specifies what replaces the image when it cannot be displayed.
> > > It should *not* be a description of the picture, unless the description
> > > is relevant to the rest of the text.
> > I disagree.
> How is this a matter of opinion? Read the HTML 4.0 spec: "Do not
> specify meaningless alternate text (e.g., "dummy text"). Not only will
> this frustrate users, it will slow down user agents that must convert
> text to speech or braille output." (13.8)
> Indeed: at the start of every Debian page, imagine the computer reading
> out loud "opening bracket swirl closing bracket".
Stupid, eh? :)
Still, I don't agree this is meaningless ALT text nor that the ALT should
be left empty. Call me a lunatic.
> > > The swirl is a decoration and carries no information.
> > Not quite.
> It is a decoration. It does carry information, but only in the visual
> form - it is the picture which is our logo, not the string "swirl".
With empty ALT, graphics-less browsing people wouldn't know that there
is a logo there.
> > Still, I think having [swirl] there would be good. People using lynx would
> > at least wonder what this "swirl" is, and download the Logo and view it
> > later.
> People using lynx will just get irritated. "[swirl]" adds no information
> to most Debian pages!
I use lynx regularly and this is the last thing that would irritate me.
Something like "debian-logo-swirl-without-text-143-23.jpg (143112 bytes)"
wouldn't bother me two bits these days, after all of these years browsing.
YMMV, IMHO, <insert-your-favorite-disclaimer-here>.
I'd say let's just drop this pointless discussion and let the people who are
editing those pages do what they think it's best.
enJoy -*/\*- don't even try to pronounce my first name