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Use-case for where alt text would be truly unavailable

From: Andrew Sidwell <takkaria@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2008 03:05:23 +0100
Message-ID: <48055EE3.3050306@gmail.com>
To: public-html@w3.org

It occurred to me earlier there there there might be a non-sighted 
person who enjoys taking photos.  Maybe so other people can look at 
them.  Maybe so that edge-detection can be run on the images so they can 
be etched and thus felt rather than just seen.

Imagine these photographs were uploaded to the Web.  The artist is in no 
position to provide alt text.  Neither is whatever CMS the artist is 
using.  However, the content is clearly critical content.  Requiring alt 
in this case seems like lunacy.

Andrew Sidwell
Received on Wednesday, 16 April 2008 02:05:57 UTC

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