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Re: Investigating the proposed alt attribute recommendations in HTML 5

From: Leif Halvard Silli <lhs@malform.no>
Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2007 02:49:48 +0200
Message-ID: <eaf3d3a6c6ded4f45dbff426d458fcdb@10013.local>
To: Sander Tekelenburg <st@isoc.nl>
Cc: public-html@w3.org

On 2007-08-30 18:06:26 +0200 Sander Tekelenburg <st@isoc.nl> wrote:

> At 05:43 +0200 UTC, on 2007-08-30, Leif Halvard Silli wrote:
> [...]
>> The HTML5 draft says that TITLE and ALT should be showed in 
>> different ways.
>> But perhaps is enough to say that they should be showed in different 
>> ways
>> only if the element has both a TITLE and an ALT text?
> I'd think that would result in inconsistent behaviour, which would 
> hurt
> usability. I agree that @alt and @title's contents should be presented
> differently, so that users can recognise their meaning. If they're 
> presented
> differently again depending on context, that would make it *harder* 
> for users
> to know their meaning -- negating the intention.

Sander, basically, I agree.

But the draft does seem to convey the meaning that ALT should be 
_presented_. But is that anything near the situation?

When it is not, then it becomes harder for authors to make the right 
textual choices for ALT versus TITLE text.
leif halvard silli
Received on Friday, 31 August 2007 00:50:01 UTC

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