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[Bug 10485] The img element with non-empty alt should default to the img aria role

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Date: Tue, 07 Sep 2010 20:17:02 +0000
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http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=10485


steve faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com> changed:

           What    |Removed                     |Added
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             Status|RESOLVED                    |REOPENED
                 CC|                            |faulkner.steve@gmail.com
         Resolution|FIXED                       |




--- Comment #2 from steve faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>  2010-09-07 20:17:02 ---
(In reply to comment #1)
> ATs are wrong then. Most <img>s are not semantically images and it makes no
> sense to call them out as images — they should just be replaced by their
> textual alternatives.
> 
> I've added role=img as the default for <img> elements with no alt="" at all,
> though, since those are more or less by definition specifically images.
> 
> 
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> ATs are wrong then. Most <img>s are not semantically images and it makes no
> sense to call them out as images — they should just be replaced by their
> textual alternatives.

"Most <img>s are not semantically images and it makes no sense to call them out
as images"

please provide data to back up this statement.

For example, are the millions of photos on flickr semantically images?

Removing the HTML <img> role mapping to img in accessibility APIs is wrong as
it will deny users of AT the opportunity to identify, copy, save images if they
want.

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