Liberty and Accessibility

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Many people create web pages everyday. These web pages are created with HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language.) These web pages can include anything from forms to CGI scripts. There is one thing a lot of people don't think about when they create web pages. This is accessibility. One thing that people do wrong is they have links to pictures and they don't use alt tags to describe the pictures. As the result, when blind people come across these pages and try to brows them with screen readers, they just hear the word "link." An example of this is On this page, there is a link to go to the main page. However, the link points to a logo and there is no alt tag. For that link, a blind person just hears the word "link." If you view the source for that page, you'll notice that something like alt="HMCsoft main page" can be inserted before the ">" in the link to the main page.


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