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incomplete as pre-defined repair value for @alt and @src (was Re: CFC re ISSUE-31 Missing Alt)

From: Gregory J. Rosmaita <oedipus@hicom.net>
Date: Thu, 29 Apr 2010 14:32:06 +0100
To: Laura Carlson <laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com>, Sean Hayes <Sean.Hayes@microsoft.com>
Cc: David Singer <singer@apple.com>, HTML Accessibility Task Force <public-html-a11y@w3.org>
Message-Id: <20100429132417.M78164@hicom.net>
aloha, laura!

i vastly prefer "incomplete" over "AltNotAsserted" both for brevity's
sake and because an "incomplete" can be used to signify missing @alt
as well as missing @src, which is also "incomplete"

why use a predefined attribute value rather than a dedicated attribute?

1. it is simpler

2. it applies equally to the 2 components of an IMG that make an IMG
usable: @src and @alt

3. it is highly unlikely that the value "incomplete" will be used as
an @alt text value

EXAMPLE A. auto-inserted "incomplete" value for @alt:

<img src="foo.png">

transforms to 

<img src="foo.png" alt="incomplete">

EXAMPLE B: auto-inserted "incomplete value for @src

<img alt="Victoria standing in front of the Eiffel Tower">

transforms to:

<img src="incomplete" alt="Victoria standing in front of the Eiffel Tower">

this reinforces the equal priority of @alt and @src to conforming 
HTML, gregory.
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---------- Original Message -----------
From: Laura Carlson <laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com>
To: Sean Hayes <Sean.Hayes@microsoft.com>
Cc: David Singer <singer@apple.com>, "Gregory J. Rosmaita"
<oedipus@hicom.net>, HTML Accessibility Task Force <public-html-a11y@w3.org>
Sent: Thu, 29 Apr 2010 06:10:55 -0500
Subject: Re: CFC re ISSUE-31 Missing Alt

> Hi Sean,
> > Yes I've been thinking it would be better to call it @altNotAsserted.
 Missing is a little ambiguous as to what is actually missing.
> I had changed it to "incomplete", as that is what the Change Proposal
> talks about.... "Without both a src and a text alternative the <img>
> element is incomplete". But altNotAsserted works too. Whatever name
> the group wants is fine with me. Can anyone not live with the
> attribute name "altNotAsserted"?
> Best Regards,
> Laura
> -- 
> Laura L. Carlson
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