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Re: Images and alternative text

From: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>
Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2008 23:31:18 -0400
Message-ID: <489FB286.7040200@mit.edu>
To: Justin James <j_james@mindspring.com>
CC: public-html@w3.org

Justin James wrote:

> So why do we care what @alt text is used for LaTex that is converted to an
> image? I sure don't. Let the LaTex authors pick their own @alt text.

Bingo.  But the issue is proposed changes that would not allow them to 
do this, by attaching certain magic semantics to alt texts that happen 
to be formatted in a particular way.

> And it is up to the people writing LaTex-to-HTML conversion tools to ensure
> that their output conforms to HTML

That's a good sentiment, but see 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ex_post_facto_law

> So let's get MathML in HTML, which should cover most use cases. If MathML
> doesn't meet the needs completely, they should talk to the MathML group, or
> they should link to the source LaTex file. :)

Or just post a PDF instead of bothering with HTML and be done with it? 
pdflatex works quite well, and isn't likely to break existing documents 
due to people redefining what existing parts of PDF do.

-Boris
Received on Monday, 11 August 2008 03:32:24 GMT

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