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Non-decorative IMG element contains empty ALT attribute

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Article Number000002096
Non-decorative IMG element contains empty ALT attribute.
Reference: ComplianceSheriff 4.2.x - 4.3


Compliance Sheriff scan results show "Non-decorative IMG element contains empty ALT attribute" for decorative images.

Compliance Sheriff must be made aware of which images to flag as "decorative" by adding the specific image names to the Decorative Image List' within Compliance Sheriff. (See Below)

As a rule of thumb:
All Images are required to have an alt tag.
Decorative Images are required to have an empty alt tag (alt=””).
Non-Decorative images must have an alt tag and a real description (alt=”Yellow Taxi Cab driving down 5th Avenue in NYC”).


For each Non-Decorative image, please make sure that it does contain an alt tag, and, that it contains a real description.
For each Decorative Image, please make sure that it does contain an empty alt tag (alt=””), and that it has been added to the “Decorative Image List”  in Compliance Sheriff by performing the following steps:

  1. Click the "Settings" Tab.
  2. Click "User agents, variables & key attributes".
  3. Within the "User variables" window,  scroll down to "DecorativeImageList".
  4. At the end of that row add the name of the image file, for example: /ComplanyLogo.jpg,/CompamyLogoSmall.jpg
  5. Click on "Save".
Decorative Image List
Run a scan to update the changes.
  1. Click on Scan Tab.
  2. Click on the name of the scan to edit the settings for that scan.
  3. *** Select the check box for "Retest All Pages".
  4. Click on "Save".
  5. Click on "Run"  to start the scan.

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