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Alt Attribute Abuse
Creative use of the alt attribute.
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msg:3243027
 12:30 pm on Feb 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

If there is one element that has been abused heavily and continues to be, that is the alt attribute. I've seen more creativity in alt attributes than I've seen in <title> elements. ;)

I've seen designers drop an entire page of copy in the logo alt attribute. Surely that exceeded 80 characters? ;)

What types of creativity have you seen?

Use the alt attribute to describe the function of each visual
[w3.org...]

 

engine




msg:3243029
 12:37 pm on Feb 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

Domain names pasted in there: Not very friendly for improving accessibility.

cmarshall




msg:3243059
 1:09 pm on Feb 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

I've seen a good implementation. An accessibility site [section508.gov] has the following description in its Main Logo ALT:

"Section 508. Opening Doors to IT Logo. (5 stars and 3 red stripes)"

I suspect that this is exactly how it is meant to be used.

Tastatura




msg:3243293
 5:39 pm on Feb 5, 2007 (gmt 0)


engine:
Domain names pasted in there: Not very friendly for improving accessibility.

You mean like WebmasterWorld :) - property of both "alt" and "title", of the image in the upper left corner, is domain name prefixed with protocol "http://www.webmasterworld.com" .
Or did you mean when property is just "example" or "www.example.com"?

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