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Re: Proposal: accessibility revision for the img element...

From: Joshue O Connor <joshue.oconnor@cfit.ie>
Date: Fri, 06 Jul 2007 11:14:58 +0100
Message-ID: <468E1622.1090100@cfit.ie>
To: Sander Tekelenburg <st@isoc.nl>
Cc: public-html@w3.org

Sander Tekelenburg wrote:
> I think "fallback content" will be misunderstood by many authors.  [...]

I agree, and also think that the term 'fallback' content is
inappropriate for other reasons. IMO it is not a suitable term at all.
As I think Gregory pointed out, 'fallback' for whom?  'Fallback' has a
rather pointed connotation that it is somehow secondary or not that
important and for non-visual users it is obviously 'primary' content.
The term 'fallback' also gives the impression to the author that they
really don't have to bother with this as it's only 'fallback' content
and if the main element whether it's an image, video etc works - well
then, they don't have to worry about the 'fallback' stuff do they?

I would suggest 'equivalent' (maybe we need an <equal> element?). Equal,
not fallback or secondary or "if that doesn't work this will do" etc.
The language is actually potentially discriminatory and I certainly know
that is not the intention of the authors - but it's really important to
pay attention to the subtleties of the language that we use - as it can
have an impact, both positive and negative, that we often never
perceive. By the way, this is not a politically correct thing - but
people with disabilities to not want to feel they are being served as
part of a 'fallback' exercise or in a 'special' manner. They just wish
to be treated equally - with all that entails.

> The same problem exists with the title attribute. It might be a good
idea if
> the spec would define a maximum length (in characters, if possible)
for both
> attributes, so that authors can be sure that conforming UAs will present
> these attributes' content in its entirety.

It may be best to 'suggest' a limit and indicate it they need more that
can use /<insert suitable attribute/element/method>/.

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