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Re: fear of "invisible metadata"

From: Sander Tekelenburg <st@isoc.nl>
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2007 00:48:25 +0200
Message-Id: <p06240654c2a4a1958d2e@[]>
To: public-html@w3.org

At 13:40 -0400 UTC, on 2007-06-24, Gregory J. Rosmaita wrote:


> bottom line:
> 1) the "alt" attribute MUST be maintained as a required attribute to
> purely graphical content

I can't agree. Yes, the language must provide authors with means to build web
sites that aren't dependant on non-text. But something like <img>fallback
content</img> would allow for much richer textual alternatives than the ALT
attribute can (and would probably remove the need for longdesc).

I feel the same about headers and scope. What they provide is very useful,
but if they can be replaced with something at least as good, but easier to
author (ideally authored by the UA), that would be much better.

Yes, it's clearly needed to advocate accessibility here. But let's not
mistake the means for the goal. If we can come up with better means, we'll
get closer to the goal.

Sander Tekelenburg
The Web Repair Initiative: <http://webrepair.org/>
Received on Sunday, 24 June 2007 22:51:03 UTC

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