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Re: fear of "invisible metadata"

From: Geoffrey Sneddon <foolistbar@googlemail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2007 18:30:34 +0100
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Cc: public-html@w3.org
To: joshue.oconnor@cfit.ie

On 19 Jun 2007, at 10:53, Joshue O Connor wrote:

> Maciej Stachowiak wrote:
>> It leads to pointless alt="" on images that have no reasonable  
>> text equivalent, just to satisfy conformance checkers.
> Its not pointless as in reality using alt="" means that the image is
> effectively ignored by the UA. This method is not used just to satisfy
> conformance checkers, it has a practical application that is useful to
> people with disabilities.

Yes, but the majority of cases in the wild @alt="" is not used  
because the image is semantically devoid of meaning, but rather  
because the author hasn't given any alternative.

- Geoffrey Sneddon
Received on Tuesday, 19 June 2007 17:30:42 UTC

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