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Re: img@relaxed CP [was: CfC: Close ISSUE-206: meta-generator by Amicable Resolution]

From: Michael[tm] Smith <mike@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 2 Aug 2012 18:38:56 +0900
To: public-html@w3.org, public-html-a11y@w3.org
Message-ID: <20120802093854.GM54314@sideshowbarker>
In Hixie's related message[1] to the whatg list, there's another key point
that I think should be added to the CP(s), and that I think will also help
us to reach agreement.

[1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-whatwg-archive/2012Aug/0004.html

That point is to have a "trial period" for this new attribute, and to
revisit this discussion after that trial period is over.

So, specifically, the CP text should state:

  - We will add this new attribute on an experimental basis.
  - We should commit to revisiting the issue in a year or two.
  - At that time, we examine what impact has had on Web pages.

Hixie also outlined some specific questions to ask at that time -

  - Is the attribute being (ab)used in inappropriate ways?
  - Is it used badly more than correctly?
  - Are validator users more happy, or less happy?
  - Are alt="" texts overall better or worse?
  - Have any generators started it rather than outputting bogus alt=""?

I also wanted to note here that Henri recently added a statistics-gathering
feature to the validator that could end up being useful for gathering stats
related to this -- at least as far as giving us usage data on any validator
options related to this. We may also add a message-filtering option to the
validator, and that stats-gathering feature may also be able to give us
some stats about classes of messages that users choose to filter (though
that might be a challenge since the filtering options are purely
client-side options that don't initiate any communication to the server).

  --Mike

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