[links-list] Re: [docwhat at lego.gerf.net: Bug#82211: Doesn't honor ALT tags properly with A tags]

Brent Cook busterb at mail.utexas.edu
Mon Jan 15 20:31:26 PST 2001

On Mon, 15 Jan 2001, Mikulas Patocka wrote:

> > Hello,
> >
> > This "bug"report is about empty ALT tags rendered as there were no ALT tag at all.
> >
> > Either you want to fix it (to render empty ALT="" tags as invisible images), or
> > you want to keep it this way to keep the image selectable.
> >
> > In my opinion if the html author gives ALT="" he chose the image not important
> > to care about (and would break the text-only design), but your opinion may vary.
> I won't change it. If the user doesn't like images without ALT or with
> empty ALT, he can turn them off. It is better to display something more
> than something less.
> Mikulas

True that! If you're designing a web page and have images that don't make
sense in a text environment, just use alt=" " and you get a
convenient something-nothing hybrid that works for both worlds. I'm not
sure if that's supposed to happen, but it works.

 - Brent

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