---- What exactly are Accessibility and Usability?
bedlam - 5:29 pm on Feb 18, 2006 (gmt 0)
This leads me to suggest something I haven't seen mentioned in any of the recent accessibility threads: remove decorative images.
Might I disagree? I do hope so <g>
Decorative images can enhance the experience for those that can see, perceive and understand them, and as such are valuable.
So? You may want to go back and re-read my advice. I advised that purely decorative images be removed from the markup to stylesheets. Who wants a text-only web?!
...but the pictures are not crucial and don't have alt text nor do they provide really important information - they are decoration.
I think that's all right in terms of both, pleasing the healthy user and still not constraining disabled users from accessing key information - what do you think?
If they really add nothing to the content, then I would say (again), that they should be removed from the markup--but this has nothing whatsoever to do with whether or not images appear on your pages.
I am not advocating a return to text-only pages--I just seem to have misjudged how familiar participants in the thread are with CSS. Again, surf over to [csszengarden.com...] and view the source; you will not find a single <img ... /> element, but the pages are as graphically rich as anyone could want.
Save one of the csszengarden pages to your desktop and open it in a web browser. It contains no images.
Maybe I should turn this subject into another thread...