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Re: handling fallback content for still images

From: Robert Burns <rob@robburns.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Jul 2007 10:25:21 -0500
Message-Id: <1523C58B-4378-4AE1-81C7-836DEF3D3C75@robburns.com>
Cc: "Ben Boyle" <benjamins.boyle@gmail.com>, "Philip Taylor (Webmaster)" <P.Taylor@rhul.ac.uk>, public-html@w3.org
To: Jon Barnett <jonbarnett@gmail.com>

On Jul 5, 2007, at 10:20 AM, Jon Barnett wrote:

> I'm adding one more possible solution to the wiki: the CSS3  
> "content" property.
> While it is outside the scope of HTML, HTML 5 could recommend it  
> for an image with rich fallback content if it can be considered a  
> viable solution.
> Another "con" I failed to verbalize is that it ties the URL of the  
> image - which is often considered part of "content" - to CSS, which  
> is "presentation".  Using the "style" attribute to specify it helps  
> with this.
> Feel free to edit its pros and cons.

I too have another suggestion (one that I think authors might use  
whether we want the to or not; especially if we don't provide a  
decent alternative). Authors can simply use the element <video  
src='mystillimage'>,fallback</video>. This will allow them to provide  
semantically rich or media rich fallback for their still images  
without having to resort to @longdesc. After all, what is a still  
image, but a video with only one frame. I'll add that to the wiki too

Take care,
Received on Thursday, 5 July 2007 15:25:30 UTC

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