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<figure> and <img> (was Re: edits to the draft should reflect the consensus of the WG)

From: Jon Barnett <jonbarnett@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2007 09:40:45 -0500
Message-ID: <bde87dd20708170740yf3d5ef5l91f03f2f8e5f476c@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Maurice Carey" <maurice@thymeonline.com>
Cc: "HTML Working Group" <public-html@w3.org>

n 8/17/07, Maurice Carey <maurice@thymeonline.com> wrote:
> http://my.opera.com/oedipus/albums/showpic.dml?album=212490&picture=3424812
> The first comment...
> " Backyard, towards the curb. Mouse, nicely framed, is sitting and staring
> at the camera, on the stoop. The the tip its tail is resting on the doormat,
> which you have cropped. The background includes the short alley, a bit of
> the fence and the gate. There isn't much grass to speak of."
> ...would make a very good alt value, but like most sighted people I don't
> think the photographer would bother writing all that text in the alt where
> they knew the overwhelming majority of their visitors would not be able to
> read it (and possibly not contribute as much for SEO).
> Sighted people just don't write invisible content.
> Now had that first comment instead been the "description" of the photo and
> the blog system presented it as <figure><img><caption></figure> with the
> text visible for sighted people to see and blind people to still hear, then
> I could imagine my clients using our CMS actually going to the trouble of
> giving _almost_ every image a description.
> In the case of <figure><img><caption></figure> would alt really still be
> needed?
> Is <figure><img><caption></figure> even still an option being discussed?
> Sorry, there are just too many messages on this list for me to keep up.

Yes, all of the examples in the draft of <img> without @alt are
written as <figure><img><legend></figure>  There was a suggestion to
make <img> inside <figure> the only case where @alt can be omitted.
That sounds like a good suggestion.  I can't think of any other cases
for omitting @alt at the moment.
Jon Barnett
Received on Friday, 17 August 2007 14:41:06 UTC

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