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Re: html 5 and accessibility issue

From: Anne van Kesteren <annevk@opera.com>
Date: Sun, 01 Jul 2007 12:13:15 +0200
To: "Ben Boyle" <benjamins.boyle@gmail.com>, "Sander Tekelenburg" <st@isoc.nl>
Cc: "HTML WG" <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <op.tur6odbj64w2qv@annevk-t60.oslo.opera.com>

On Sun, 01 Jul 2007 09:59:12 +0200, Ben Boyle <benjamins.boyle@gmail.com>  
wrote:
> 2. providing a fallback for when a plugin cannot be used. For example,
> I run 64bit firefox at home here. There is no 64bit plugin for flash.
> How can authors of HTML pages provide a fallback for me (something
> better than the browser "missing plugin" message?) This is where it
> would be useful to be able to use <embed> ... fallback ... </embed>.
> This is highly relevant to the HTML WG as it is directly related to
> fallback mechanisms within HTML itself.

I suppose an alt= attribute could be introduced for <embed> (legacy  
parsing prevents us from making it a container element) as well. In fact,  
it was pointed out on the #whatwg IRC channel that Opera already supports  
this:

   data:text/html,<embed alt=TEST src=404>

However, if authors are planning on providing proper fallback they are  
probably better of using the <object> element. I suppose the sections on  
<img> and <embed> could have some kind of note that says that.


-- 
Anne van Kesteren
<http://annevankesteren.nl/>
<http://www.opera.com/>
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