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Re: New issue: IMG section of HTML5 draft contradicts WCAG 1 & WCAG 2 (draft)

From: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2008 15:37:17 -0500
Message-ID: <47FFCBFD.7030500@mit.edu>
To: Jan Richards <jan.richards@utoronto.ca>
CC: public-html@w3.org, wai-xtech@w3.org

Jan Richards wrote:
> Yes of course there is a psychological/motivational component to getting 
> authors who can see to spend extra time describing their images.  But 
> this is familiar territory for any software with human users.

Yeah.  And most such software doesn't do very well on this ground, to be honest....

> Similarly, describing images for people who can't see them 
> is an (emerging) social convention for communication. And tools to 
> efficiently support this new convention are certainly possible.

This is a general statement of principle that I think we all agree on.  The 
question is how we get there, and whether requiring alt attributes in all cases 
is the right way to do it.

-Boris
Received on Friday, 11 April 2008 20:38:00 UTC

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