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

From: Ben Boyle <benjamins.boyle@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2007 20:01:59 +1000
Message-ID: <5f37426b0706260301q2bd54bdapdb3fe883300943b8@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Charles McCathieNevile" <chaals@opera.com>
Cc: "Olivier GENDRIN" <olivier.gendrin@gmail.com>, "Sander Tekelenburg" <st@isoc.nl>, public-html@w3.org
It would be nice (speaking as an author) to have <img> aligned with
the new <video> and <audio> - be easier to learn for new authors too.

I suspect it won't work as intended in current/older UAs (they will
likely render the fallback content) and we'd need @alt until AT
catches up (and it will be a very long time before people upgrade).

Still, it would be good if the spec allowed for it so that one future
day we can use <img> consistently ... the proposal to add <image>
(separate to <img>) has merit I believe... leaving <img> as is for
compatibility and introducing <image> for consistency with <video> and
<audio>. I vote for this option.


On 6/25/07, Charles McCathieNevile <chaals@opera.com> wrote:
>
> On Mon, 25 Jun 2007 13:26:02 +0200, Olivier GENDRIN
> <olivier.gendrin@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > On 6/25/07, Sander Tekelenburg <st@isoc.nl> wrote:
> >>
> >> At 03:04 +0200 UTC, on 2007-06-25, Charles McCathieNevile wrote:
> >>
> >> [...]
> >>
> >> > 1. The alt attribute replaces the image if for some reason it is not
> >> > rendered.
> >>
> >> Is it not possible to upgrade <img> to a container, so that richer
> >> fallback
> >> content becomes possible? It would remove the practcal length
> >> restrictions
> >> on ALT, and would allow the textual alternative to contain markup.
> >
> > You could use <object> for such cases.
>
> If you could rely on IE not mangling it :( Making img non-empty would
> require changing existing parsing. That is not impossible, of course...
>
> cheers
>
> Chaals
>
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