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Re: Audience Based Validator User Interface (ISSUE-206)

From: Laura Carlson <laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 4 Aug 2012 14:58:01 -0500
Message-ID: <CAOavpve=-newC9StvuDpnv6_CY-8NgfOxgga3r2KCpJGFe97Jg@mail.gmail.com>
To: Steve Faulkner <sfaulkner@paciellogroup.com>
Cc: Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>, "public-html@w3.org WG" <public-html@w3.org>, HTML Accessibility Task Force <public-html-a11y@w3.org>, "Michael[tm] Smith" <mike@w3.org>
Hi Steve and all,

You wrote [1]:
> it is important to make it crystal clear in the spec text
> under what circumstances the attribute can be used.
> "The attribute MUST only be used by automated HTML generation software
> that offers no opportunity for authors to provide a text alternative.
> It MUST not be used by WYSIWYG or any other HTML editing software.
> Note: Software that does not provide authors with the ability to add a
> text alternative to an image is not considered an accessible HTML
> editing tool [ATAG 2.0]"
> Also that the attribute ONLY represents the presence of an image
> containing information not otherwise provided in the document.
> aka "A key part of the content"
> I consider that this would make it a useful addition for assistive
> technology to disambiguate between what is currently referred to in
> the spec as an image "A key part of the content" but does not have an
> alt provided and the case where an alt is simply not provided which
> does not provide any information as to its importance. In this way AT
> can inform the user of the presence of the image "important image!"
> and attempt heuristics if desired.

This is excellent, Steve. Thank you very much. I:

* Added your verbiage to both the beginning of "How an incomplete
Attribute Can Help Improve the Web" and to the "Details" section of
the proposal. [2]
* Incorporated part your verbiage [3] into to an alert for a proposed
audience based validator user interface [4].

What do you think?

Best Regards,

[1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2012Aug/0036.html
[2] http://www.w3.org/html/wg/wiki/User:Lcarlson/ImgElement
[3] "This option is for automated HTML generation software developers
whose software offers no opportunity for authors to provide a text
alternative. WYSIWYG or any other HTML editing software developers
should not use this option."
[4] http://www.d.umn.edu/~lcarlson/research/206/byaudience.html
Laura L. Carlson
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