Re: ALT specification

Gerald Oskoboiny (
Tue, 20 Jun 1995 03:29:08 -0600 (MDT)

Jonathan L Neuenschwander writes:

> I'll second the plea for more than just text inside ALT. One thing I've
> discovered users seem to expect is that an imagemap be replaced with a
> a menu when images are turned off.

Both of these capabilities are provided through the use of "figures"
in the proposed HTML 3.0 specification, which you can see at:

One of the examples given in the section on figures is:

Company home page:
<FIG SRC="mainmenu.gif">
<H1>Access HP from Hewlett Packard</H1>
<P>Select between:
<LI><A HREF="guide.html" SHAPE="rect 30,200,60,16">Access Guide</A>
<LI><A HREF="about.html" SHAPE="rect 100,200,50,16">About HP</A>
<LI><A HREF="guide.html" SHAPE="rect 160,200,30,16">News</A>
<LI><A HREF="guide.html" SHAPE="rect 200,200,50,16">Products</A>
<LI><A HREF="guide.html" SHAPE="rect 260,200,80,16">Worldwide Contacts</A>

Notice the nice browser-independent way of specifying client-side imagemaps,
and the ability to use HTML as "alternate" text by placing it between the
<FIG> and </FIG> tags. (It's much better than the old <IMG> tag.)

For more information on the proposed <FIG> tag, see:


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