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Re: Flickr and alt

From: Smylers <Smylers@stripey.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2008 11:52:00 +0100
To: public-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <20080819105159.GC5699@stripey.com>

Sam Kuper writes:

> 2008/8/19 Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@mit.edu>
> 
> > I do want some recognition of the fact that it's quite easy to make
> > [accessibility conformance] too much pain for a large fraction of
> > authors, and that this is something to avoid.
> 
> I think the level of pain would depend not just upon what is mandated,
> but also upon what could be used to make the mandated things less
> painful. E.g., if Flickr not only asked users for alt text, but also
> explained what alt text should be like and why it is important,
> Flickr's users might mind entering it less than they would if it was
> simply insisted upon with little or no explanation. I think users
> should be able to temporarily override requirements, too. In the case
> of Flickr, this might mean that users could upload images without
> providing alt text, but that Flickr would put a little exclamation
> mark (or suchlike) next to each such image, to remind the user to
> enter the missing alt text.

OK.  If Flickr did all the above, do you think their output should be
deemed to be compliant HTML?

Smylers
Received on Tuesday, 19 August 2008 10:52:43 GMT

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