alt attributes authoring practices

There has been a lot of discussions around alt attributes on HTML WG mailing list. It’s always difficult to move forward in such discussions because it seems to be easy when in fact it is rather complicated. The issue involves many parameters: the author, the reader, the authoring tool or CMS, the usage pattern on the Web site and the user agent. To really be effective, we have to understand how the alt is being authored with tools.

Steve Axthelm has sent an email describing the behavior of a few tools. Laura Carlson followed-up. Having more authoring patterns in different environments such as web services would be useful too. The list of tools so far is

  • BBedit
  • TextMate
  • Dreamweaver CS3
  • Sandvox
  • Pagespinner
  • UltraEdit
  • Visual Studio 2005
  • Visual Studio 2008
  • XStandard

3 thoughts on “alt attributes authoring practices

  1. is there any tool exist which can help finding out all missing alt tag images from a given website url.
    I need the image name and url’s for all pages by just entering the domain name in the tool.
    I would really appreciate if somebody can just let me know about such tools if exist..


  2. Is there a tool that can determine whether or ALT-tags in images from a particular Web site URL missing?

    Thank you for help
    UDL Intermedia Group

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