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[Bug 10497] What happens to role of <img alt="non-empty"> inside a <figure role="img">?

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Date: Tue, 07 Sep 2010 20:26:13 +0000
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http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=10497


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

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             Status|RESOLVED                    |REOPENED
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         Resolution|NEEDSINFO                   |




--- Comment #3 from steve faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>  2010-09-07 20:26:13 ---
(In reply to comment #1)
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> Status: Did Not Understand Request
> Change Description: no spec change
> Rationale: I don't understand. What problem is this solving? For non-visual
> users, <img> is text, not an image, especially in a situation where there _is_
> alternative text. Why would you want to taunt users by saying that it was an
> image? Sure, there are cases where that might be appropriate, but those are the
> cases where you can set role=img. Most of the time, in conforming documents,
> the alt="" is going to be text that can replace the image, so that there is an
> image is irrelevant.

Your logic is based on lack of understanding of users with disabilities and
assistive technology.
Many users of screen readers are not "non-visual" they may have limited vision
or they may have cognitive impairments, removing role information from images
does a disservice to these users and reduces the accessibility of content for
them.

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