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Re: Request to Reconsider Alt Guidance Location

From: Laura Carlson <laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2012 17:05:16 -0600
Message-ID: <CAOavpvfEbEff4dcc7EHTKGRrLNLYw6HmCL05_OM_u9FR1eEG1Q@mail.gmail.com>
To: Leif Halvard Silli <xn--mlform-iua@xn--mlform-iua.no>
Cc: Janina Sajka <janina@rednote.net>, HTML Accessibility Task Force <public-html-a11y@w3.org>, public-html@w3.org, Judy Brewer <jbrewer@w3.org>, Steven Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
Hi Leif,

> Well, there seems to be broad agreement that HTML4 did not describe
> things well enough.

On some things I agree.

>  Longdesc is one thing it was not enough clear about.

Yes we have better longdesc spec text in the CP.

> Also, with regard to @alt, then the only normative rule it had -
> at least per the HTML4 validator - was that the author has must either
> leave the attribute empty, or non-empty.

> And no one read WCAG, despite those links.

Some certainly did.

> Nothing is guaranteed. But — and for what it is worth — I think we
> should try to focus on making HTML5 as acceptable as possible, with
> regard to A11Y.

Acceptable to some may not be acceptable to others.

> To focus on getting the WG to move @alt text from
> HTML5, only seems like a distraction that could hurt — and perhaps
> already have hurt — the attention to the other issues up for decision.

Each issue is supposed to be decided by the merit of the arguments.

Best Regards,
Laura

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Laura L. Carlson
Received on Thursday, 23 February 2012 23:05:45 GMT

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