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[Bug 10481] Default role of <IMG> should be "img"

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Date: Wed, 08 Sep 2010 12:56:16 +0000
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Rich Schwerdtfeger <schwer@us.ibm.com> changed:

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--- Comment #10 from Rich Schwerdtfeger <schwer@us.ibm.com>  2010-09-08 12:56:16 ---
Sorry but most, some, a few web statistics on how alt text is used does not cut
it. When you encounter alt text on an image it needs to be handled properly.

The fact is that if you have an img in web content it maps to a role of img or
graphic in the accessibility API. A screen reader user may need to know that
there is a graphic on the page. Also, if it were just the alt text that were
passed along to the screen reader then they would want to be able to navigate
the text in the virtual buffer - which they would not do and makes no sense to
do for images. 

If the AT decides, when it has not alt text to toss it from the UI the user
sees then fine.

The default role needs to be img.

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