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Re: alt attribute - a very simple proposal

From: Laura Carlson <laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2008 08:24:10 -0500
Message-ID: <1c8dbcaa0808190624h222a747am87a6780cac56308c@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Henri Sivonen" <hsivonen@iki.fi>
Cc: "Karl Dubost" <karl@w3.org>, "Ian Hickson" <ian@hixie.ch>, "HTML WG" <public-html@w3.org>

 Henri wrote:
> When the markup generator has an image of unknown (to the generator) content
> for which the generator does not have user-entered textual alternative, what
> should the markup generator emit as the value of the alt attribute according
> to your reading of WCAG 2.0?

Gez Lemon addressed this 14 May 2008:

> the resulting
> structure is inconceivable to some users with visual impairments and
> cognitive disabilities, in a way that the resulting structure would be
> inconceivable to sighted users if the src attribute wasn't provided in
> a browser that renders images. That is the structure is inaccessible,
> and couldn't possibly be considered valid.
> Lowering conformance requirements so that authors who cannot be
> bothered to provide alternative text, or allowing broken authoring
> tools to be considered compliant, obviously goes a long way from
> solving the fundamental problem here - that of providing content that
> is accessible by users with disabilities.


Best Regards,
Laura L. Carlson
Received on Tuesday, 19 August 2008 13:24:47 UTC

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