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· · 2004
· · · November
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The Last Leaves of 2004 · Back in September of last year, I <a href='/ongoing/When/200x/2003/09/08/Pearfall'>wrote</a>: “There’s a visual effect that I’ve only seen here in rainy green B.C. and has so far eluded all my cameras. It works like this: On a grey day, as dusk gathers, something you’d think would be unremarkable, like a fern against old wood, or these autumnpearleaves, can make you look twice or three times, colour reaching deep into your machineries of vision. I think it’s of the mind rather than the eyes, but haven’t abandoned hope for lucky light on a dark day with camera in hand.” This one gets halfway there ...
 
The Cherry-Tomato Challenge · I have recently adjusted the <span class="o">ongoing</span> software so that each and every image has descriptive text in both its <code>alt</code> and <code>title</code> attributes. This is <a href='http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG/#q16'>good accessibility practice</a> and should also make it possible for search engines to find my pictures. But they can’t. The image <a href='/ongoing/When/200x/2004/09/26/CherryTomatoes'>here</a>, which is in a file whose name, unhelpfully, is <code>IMGP0990.png</code>, is correctly labeled in both <code>title</code> and <code>alt</code> attributes as “Sunlit cherry tomatoes on white-painted wood.” I just now visited John Battelle’s <a href='http://www.battellemedia.com/'>helpful list of search engines</a> and lots of them offered “image search” capabilities, but not one turned that picture up when I searched for “sunlit cherry tomatoes”. (Lots of them turn the page up when you do an ordinary text search.) How hard can it be? I hereby promise that when I find a credible general-purpose Web Image Search tool that leads me to that picture via “sunlit cherry tomatoes”, I will publish a rave review here and do my best to spread the word.
 
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