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[Bug 10600] Strong semantics role="presentation" for <img alt="<empty>"> is wrong or inaccurate

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Date: Mon, 04 Oct 2010 13:58:06 +0000
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http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=10600

Ian 'Hixie' Hickson <ian@hixie.ch> changed:

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             Status|NEW                         |RESOLVED
         Resolution|                            |WONTFIX

Michael(tm) Smith <mike@w3.org> changed:

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          Component|HTML5 spec (editor: Ian     |pre-LC1 HTML5 spec (editor:
                   |Hickson)                    |Ian Hickson)

--- Comment #4 from Ian 'Hixie' Hickson <ian@hixie.ch> 2010-09-26 22:07:48 UTC ---
(In reply to comment #0)
> 
> ]] img element whose alt attribute's value is empty  =  presentation role [[
> 
> This means that it would be illegal to do the following
> 
> <img role="img" alt="" aria-labelledby="label" src="*">
> <p id="label">Lorem ipsum</p>

If the image is presentational or completely redundant with other text on the
page (as indicated by alt=""), why would the user ever need to be able to
interact with that image? How would aria-labelledby="" in any way improve
accessibility in this case? It seems like it would just taunt the user.


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Status: Rejected
Change Description: no spec change
Rationale: It's intentional.

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