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

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Date: Thu, 09 Sep 2010 14:31:32 +0000
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http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=10481


Shelley Powers <shelleyp@burningbird.net> changed:

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--- Comment #22 from Shelley Powers <shelleyp@burningbird.net>  2010-09-09 14:31:32 ---
(In reply to comment #1)
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> Status: Rejected
> Change Description: no spec change
> Rationale: For most images, role=img is unsuitable, because the <img> doesn't
> represent an image, but something else (e.g. text as part of a link).

You are countermanding your own semantics. The first sentence for the img
element states:

An img element represents an image. 

Now you're saying that img doesn't represent an image. Your reasoning is
confusing, your application of semantics, flawed. 

Either an img is an image, in which case it is an image to every user agent,
regardless of author intent. Or it is not, in which case, it is not an image to
every user agent.

You can't have it both ways.

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