My question of the day is about image maps and accessibility.
Now it is my understanding that whenever you use an alt tag within an img tag you describe the image which increases the user experience for those who are blind or just people whom have just disabled images from rendering for one reason or many.
Now this logic doesn't seem to work with Image Maps which I'll demonstrate an example.
<img alt="Image Map of Bits and Bobs" usemap="#imgmap" src="bits-and-bobs"> <map name="imgmap"> <area shape="poly" coords="" href="" alt="Spanner" title="Guitars Repairs"/> <area shape="poly" coords="" href="" alt="Dollar" title="Guitars for Sale"/> <area shape="poly" coords="" href="" alt="eLearning" title="Learning about Guitars"/> <area shape="poly" coords="" href="" alt="String" title="How to tune a Guitar"/> </map>
Valid Href's and Coords removed for easier viewing...
So as you can see in the above image I'm describing the area of the image rather that the outcome if they click the image. So my question is simple....
Within a image map that contains links do you describe the link outcome rather describe the image... For example a image of strings using strings wouldn't indicate that its a link about how to tune a guitar, however the title tag does.