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Re: Baby Steps or Backwards Steps?

From: James Graham <jg307@cam.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2007 00:18:44 +0100
Message-ID: <46C389D4.5060407@cam.ac.uk>
To: "Patrick H. Lauke" <redux@splintered.co.uk>
Cc: "Gregory J. Rosmaita" <oedipus@hicom.net>, HTMLWG <public-html@w3.org>

Patrick H. Lauke wrote:
> James Graham wrote:
>> For millions of people with flickr accounts I suspect imposing a 
>> requirement to provide alt text for each image would quickly drive 
>> them to a different service that did not impose such a requirement.
> Since when did flickr users work with the HTML markup, directly?
> The metadata is already entered, by virtue of giving uploaded images a 
> title, description, tags, etc. It's the onus of the flickr backen 
> service (and the developers working on that) to work out which of those, 
> or which combination, would be the most relevant ALT attribute.

I can upload an image without a title, tags or a description. There is 
no _requirement_ to add that data. Laso, that data is all exposed on the 
photo page anyway suggesting it does not need to be duplicated in the 
alt attribute.

"Mixed up signals
Bullet train
People snuffed out in the brutal rain"
--Conner Oberst
Received on Wednesday, 15 August 2007 23:19:17 UTC

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