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Re: Point of clarification in alt debate(s)

From: Steven Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2008 12:18:11 +0100
Message-ID: <55687cf80804140418n64282e16rd5edb3927ef88a5b@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Justin James" <j_james@mindspring.com>
Cc: "David Poehlman" <david.poehlman@handsontechnologeyes.com>, "HTML WG" <public-html@w3.org>, wai-xtech@w3.org

Hi Justin,
>Nonetheless, that is still not reason to make "alt" a required attribute.
The clarification was not intended to be an argument for/against this.

I sent it to provide some insight about who may use the information in the alt.

regards
stevef

On 14/04/2008, Justin James <j_james@mindspring.com> wrote:
> And, of course, search engines and anyone else trying to make any kind of
> semantic decision about the document. Nonetheless, that is still not reason
> to make "alt" a required attribute. As in favor as I am of using it for all
> of these reasons, it is contrary to HTML's historical "looseness" to require
> it. Much of the reason why HTML was adopted so quickly was because, unlike
> SGML, it was possible for Joe Six Pack to edit HTML.
>
> J.Ja
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: public-html-request@w3.org [mailto:public-html-request@w3.org] On
> Behalf Of David Poehlman
> Sent: Sunday, April 13, 2008 5:03 PM
> To: Steven Faulkner; HTML WG; wai-xtech@w3.org
> Subject: Re: Point of clarification in alt debate(s)
>
>
> and they are still around, people who use text only clients.
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Steven Faulkner" <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
> To: "HTML WG" <public-html@w3.org>; <wai-xtech@w3.org>
> Sent: Sunday, April 13, 2008 4:10 PM
> Subject: Point of clarification in alt debate(s)
>
>
>
> In recent emails concerning the alt some people have characterised the
> beneficiaries of text alternatives in their arguments, as the "blind".
>
> People who can benefit from text alternatives on images (including
> image map areas, and input type="Image") include:
>
> *People with dyslexia and other congenital or aquired cognitive
> disabilities who use
> voice browsers to read the web.
> *People who have impaired motor skills who use speech recognition software
> *People with vision impairment who use magnifier /readers
> *People with vision loss or impairment who use screen readers.
>
>
>
> --
> with regards
>
> Steve Faulkner
> Technical Director - TPG Europe
> Director - Web Accessibility Tools Consortium
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with regards

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

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