[Athen] Logo as a background image?

N Dogbo ndogbo at gmail.com
Thu Nov 7 20:01:04 PST 2013

Hi Dan,

Thanks so much for this. Just what I needed to know as I prepare to go
change things out there!
A million thanks!

N Dogbo

On 11/7/13, Dan Comden <danc at uw.edu> wrote:

> Hello,

> Your rule of thumb sounds correct.


> Generally I think background images of any kind are going to cause

> problems, for the reason you noted (not read by screenreaders) but also

> because of almost inevitable contrast problems with the text that's

> overlaid. Greg Kraus' cool new contrast checker plugin for Chrome can tell

> you if it's a problem but it's easier just to avoid the issue if possible.


> See WCAG Failure criteria:

> http://www.w3.org/TR/2013/NOTE-WCAG20-TECHS-20130905/F83

> and

> http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG-TECHS/F3.html


> Important images shouldn't be in the background.


> -*- Dan



> On Thu, Nov 7, 2013 at 9:53 AM, N Dogbo <ndogbo at gmail.com> wrote:


>> Hi Athenites expert on web accessibility,

>> I please need your opinion / help here--

>> What do you think about company logo as a background image? Is this a

>> good practice? Is it or should it even be allowed? Even if an alt text

>> can be assigned to it, a person using a screen reader only sees an out

>> of context text with no target since background image is not picked up

>> by screen readers, resulting in a very bad / poor user experience. My

>> rule of thumb is-- if one feels the need to alt-text an image then

>> that image should not be a background image, especially company logo.


>> What do you all think and or recommend? Is there something in WCAG2.0

>> that sort of addresses that?


>> Thanks so much in advance for your help addressing my concern.


>> N Dogbo

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