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Re: Image/Video/Audio Metadata (an alternative perspective of alt text)

From: Lee Kowalkowski <lee.kowalkowski@googlemail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2008 21:05:05 +0100
Message-ID: <610592c90804211305t25fadc83le26254b47231b67b@mail.gmail.com>
To: public-html@w3.org

2008/4/21 Bill Mason <w3c@accessibleinter.net>:
>  Well, feel free to argue it with the editor.  I'm not particularly
> interested in rehashing again the idea that there should be a sanctioned
> means to present both the image and its alternative text simultaneously.
>  I believe the issue would be whether or not to generate a tooltip, not the
> generation method.

I think those decisions are best left to the design of the UA, not the
HTML specification.  I'm just saying I think it's fine for HTML5 not
to sanction ways of using alt content, therefore there's nothing wrong
with a UA that chooses to make tooltips out of it.

I've heard authors in the past curse certain UAs that do this,
presumably because their clients did not approve when they saw the
poorly chosen content that was exposed (perhaps it was "blue balls").
It's a really nice feature, but that doesn't mean all UAs should have
to do it.

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