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RE: Flickr and alt (was: Re: HTML5 alt conformance criteria clarifications requested)

From: Justin James <j_james@mindspring.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2008 10:06:33 -0400
To: "'Anne van Kesteren'" <annevk@opera.com>, "'David Poehlman'" <david.poehlman@handsontechnologeyes.com>, "'James Graham'" <jg307@cam.ac.uk>, "'Steven Faulkner'" <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
Cc: "'Ian Hickson'" <ian@hixie.ch>, "'W3C WAI-XTECH'" <wai-xtech@w3.org>, <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <033601c9013b$9ed139e0$dc73ada0$@com>

> -----Original Message-----
> From: public-html-request@w3.org [mailto:public-html-request@w3.org] On
> Behalf Of Anne van Kesteren
> Sent: Monday, August 18, 2008 9:09 AM
> To: David Poehlman; James Graham; Steven Faulkner
> Cc: Ian Hickson; W3C WAI-XTECH; public-html@w3.org
> Subject: Re: Flickr and alt (was: Re: HTML5 alt conformance criteria
> clarifications requested)
> 
> 
> On Mon, 18 Aug 2008 15:00:25 +0200, David Poehlman
> <david.poehlman@handsontechnologeyes.com> wrote:
> > and we will follow.  A requirement is a requirement.  If they want to
> do
> > it [w]rong, that is what they will do but that does not mean that it
> > should not be a requirement.
> 
> Making requirements that cannot be reasonably met is bad design and
> does
> not help solve the problem. I'm not sure what you mean with "we will
> follow". I was trying to point out that Flickr cannot start requiring
> users to enter additional information as that will simply kill their
> business.

Whether or not Flikr can sustain their business model is not our problem. That being said, is *is* our concern to ensure that we write a spec that is possible for sites like and including Flikr (or any other site facing the problem of huge amounts of user generated content, not just images, but also audio, video, and even text that may be created with poor HTML authoring tools) to publish content in a way that is valid and conforming, while still being useful to the Web consuming public, including users with special needs and automatic systems like search engines and semantic parsers.

J.Ja
Received on Monday, 18 August 2008 14:07:23 GMT

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