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Re: a question about alt

From: James Graham <jg307@cam.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 06 Sep 2007 09:58:08 +0100
Message-ID: <46DFC120.9030105@cam.ac.uk>
To: Steve Faulkner <sfaulkner@paciellogroup.com>
Cc: HTMLWG <public-html@w3.org>

Steve Faulkner wrote:
> Once the arguments for omitting the alt attribute have been thoroughly 
> reseached. If it turns out that there are legitimate cases for 
> indicating that no alt has been provided, what would the arguments be 
> against using alt=" " (quote space quote) to signify an image that for 
> which an alt has been provided?
>  
> This would differentiate it from cases where the author has not provided 
> an alt attribute/text on images that are not "critical content" out of 
> ignorance or laziness.

Distinguishing the cases alt="" and alt=" " would make it very easy to 
typo a meaningfully-different value and very hard to spot the mistake. 
If such an explicit indicator is desirable, using alt="" and noalt seems 
  like a better solution.

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