Originally Posted by vangogh
Thanks for the info Maria. I've usually gone with leaving the alt text blank since that's the advice I've usually come across. The advice has usually come from people who could see the images though and I've wondered since the beginning which is really preferred by someone who couldn't see the image.
I appreciate the info. My gut tells me that different people will have different preferences, but it's good to know that there are people who would like to have that description there and I think I will try to add one more often knowing this.
Do you mind if I as another question? I use css to layout my sites and because of this I can have my content appear in any order I want on the page and still have it display in any way I want. When organizing the content would you prefer to see the content itself first or would you rather see the navigational choices first? Or does it matter and either is fine?
Hi Vangough, sorry I haven't checked back here for a while. I hope you get this anyway. Again, it's kind of a toss-up. The best thing to do, if you can, is to put your navigation first but right at the beginning put in a "Skip to Content link that will take the user directly to your content if they don't want to go through your nav section. The "Skip to Content" link can be made invisible but still readable by screen readers. You can go to www.webaim.org
and find lots of great info on how to create Skip links and other stuff. If you find it too hard to create a skip link then it's OK to put your navigation first. If possible you could also put your navigation first on your home page, but on your other pages put the content first. I'm no expert and I don't know much about how CSS works, so I don't know if this idea is possible. Anyway, I hope some of this helps. Take care.