[whatwg] ALT and equivalent representation

Martin Atkins mart at degeneration.co.uk
Sat Apr 19 07:43:24 PDT 2008

Shannon wrote:
> The ONLY "business" justification I have for using alt tags is that a 
> w3c valid site REQUIRES them and this may increase the sites Google rank 
> (which is just speculation really). If you take the requirement out to 
> use them on every image in a valid site then you take away much of my 
> argument for using them at all.

In many juristictions, a company can face legal action if its website is 
not "accessible" per some standard or set of standards. This is the 
business justifaction I usually use; here in the UK, the Disability 
Discrimination Act[1] is the relevant reference.


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