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Re: CfC: Close ISSUE-206: meta-generator by Amicable Resolution

From: Michael[tm] Smith <mike@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 2 Aug 2012 18:05:34 +0900
To: Steve Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
Cc: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>, Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>, Edward O'Connor <eoconnor@apple.com>, "public-html@w3.org WG" <public-html@w3.org>, HTML Accessibility Task Force <public-html-a11y@w3.org>
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Steve Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>, 2012-08-02 08:39 +0100:

> Hi all,
> I will support this concept/proposal, but think it needs some tweaking
> I think the use of an attribute with a more expressive and less easy
> to misunderstand name is useful. aka something along the lines of that
> proposed by hixie.
> So suggest that the attribute name be changed.

Yeah, I agree as well that we need a more expressive and less easy to
misunderstand name -- for a number of reasons, including the core reasons
that Hixie specifically enumerated:


  - it's long, so people aren't going to want to type it out
  - it's long, so it will stick out in copy-and-paste scenarios
  - it's eminently searchable (long unique term) and so will likely lead to
    good documentation if it's adopted

> a suggestion "important-image-content-published-with-no-text-alternative"

I could live with that. I could also live with what Hixie proposed,
"generator-unable-to-provide-required-alt". But note that Hixie also
articulated some reasons for the specific parts of that name:

  - the "generator" part implies that it's for use by generators, and may 
    discourage authors from using it
  - the "unable" and "required" parts make it obvious that using this
    attribute is an act of last resort

So think "generator-unable-to-provide-required-alt" is a bit more
expressive in some specific ways that are valuable.

Anyway, if we can just agree for now that it would be better to have a
more-expressive-and-less-easy-to-understand name, let's do that.


Michael[tm] Smith http://people.w3.org/mike
Received on Thursday, 2 August 2012 09:05:39 UTC

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