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[Bug 13651] Missing alt should not be considered conforming in the presence of figcaptions over 50 words in length.

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Joshue O Connor <joshue.oconnor@cfit.ie> changed:

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--- Comment #5 from Joshue O Connor <joshue.oconnor@cfit.ie> 2011-08-07 09:02:17 UTC ---
(In reply to comment #2)
> EDITOR'S RESPONSE:

> Change Description: no spec change
> Rationale: There's nothing wrong with verbose alternative text. Pictures, we
> are told, are worth a thousand words; textual alternatives of that length are
> not out of the question. 

Would that not require a @longdesc or similar?

> There is no usability problem here since an AT can
> just provide a way for the user to signal that it should move on to something
> more interesting.

Thats just not true as it is a little cart before the horse, as the spec should
be clear where either terse and/or verbose descriptions are required and give
an overview of the mechanisms available to achieve either. Also considering
that current AT doesn't support <figcaption> (never mind legacy agents) care
should be taken in HTML5 to understand and support real world usage and user
experience.

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