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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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