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by Brenda Dawson
on April 8, 2011 at 4:31 PM
OK, as I understand it (and yes, please! Correct me if I'm wrong):  
 
A good tip for web communicators would be to describe the photo itself in an alt-tag description. So in the example given above, a better alt-tag would be something like "Display of fresh fruits" or "Photo: Table with assortment of apples, bananas, pineapple and sliced melon."  
 
My understanding is that using the accompanying headline will mean that for web users who can't see the photo, they will hear the headline a second time as a description of a photo. Even though there are no standardized tests in the photo.  
 
It's important to remember that screen readers and other accessibility tools already access web headlines and text, so you don't want to duplicate them unnecessarily.  
 
Accessibility is a vast topic for web infrastructure, and one I'd like to know more about.
by Jon Wilson
on April 11, 2011 at 8:16 AM
Brenda, yes! I imagine that the screen reader software can tell that the alt tag belongs to an image but it never hurts to be more descriptive. Giving clear cues to users is what this is all about.
 
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