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Propose removing "An image in an e-mail or document intended for a specific person who is known to be able to view images" from the HTML5 spec.

From: Steven Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2008 14:23:14 +0100
Message-ID: <55687cf80804120623s55a2e682pf4eba664abacc57b@mail.gmail.com>
To: "HTML WG" <public-html@w3.org>, wai-xtech@w3.org, "public html for all" <list@html4all.org>

The part in the HTML 5 spec (see below). about it being OK to leave
the alt off if you are sending an email to someone who is known to
view images, is unecessary and
just a variation on the "disabled people don't use my web site, so I
don't need to make it accessible" argument. It adds nothing of use to
the spec apart from providing another dubious reason to omit the alt
attribute.

I propose it is removed.

"An image in an e-mail or document intended for a specific person who
is known to be able to view images
When an image is included in a communication (such as an HTML e-mail)
aimed at someone who is known to be able to view images, the alt
attribute may be omitted. However, even in such cases it is stongly
recommended that alternative text be included (as appropriate
according to the kind of image involved, as described in the above
entries), so that the e-mail is still usable should the user use a
mail client that does not support images, or should the e-mail be
forwarded on to other users whose abilities might not include easily
seeing images."

source http://www.w3.org/html/wg/html5/#the-img



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with regards

Steve Faulkner
Technical Director - TPG Europe
Director - Web Accessibility Tools Consortium

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