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HTML5 alt conformance criteria clarifications requested

From: Steven Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2008 14:07:46 +0100
Message-ID: <55687cf80808160607t66543abdhda6ed2379b228de5@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Ian Hickson" <ian@hixie.ch>, "W3C WAI-XTECH" <wai-xtech@w3.org>
Cc: "public-html@w3.org WG" <public-html@w3.org>

The Current HTM5 spec introduces changes to the criteria for
conforming to HTML5 in cases where no 'real alternative text' is
available.

It would be useful to have some real world use cases clarified in
respect to the changes:

1. When a user uploads an image in flickr (http://www.flickr.com) they
are given the opportunity to provide a 'description', if they choose
to provide a description it is placed into the alt attribute of the
image (plus ' by xxxx').
Is this conforming in HTML5? if not what would be an appropriate alt
attribute content if no 'real alternative text' is available?

example from flickr with description (the image is of a man on a bike):
<img src="DSCF4330.jpg" alt="hubris is a curse by emispos">

2. When a user uploads an image in flickr (http://www.flickr.com) If a
user does not provide a description the filename of the image (minus
the file extension, plus 'by xxxx') if  is used as the alt attribute
content.
Is this conforming in HTML5? if not what would be an appropriate alt
attribute content if no 'real alternative text' is available.

example from flickr:
<img src="DSCF4330.jpg" alt="DSCF4330 by emispos">

3. on lolcats (http://icanhascheezburger.com/) users can add text to
an image, if the text the user added to the image were used as the
content of the alt attribute would that be conforming in HTML5? If not
what would be an appropriate alt attribute content if no 'real
alternative text' is available?


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Stevef
Received on Saturday, 16 August 2008 13:08:24 UTC

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