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RE: alt attribute - a very simple proposal

From: Justin James <j_james@mindspring.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2008 13:49:37 -0400
To: "'Karl Dubost'" <karl@w3.org>, "'Laura Carlson'" <laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com>
Cc: "'Ian Hickson'" <ian@hixie.ch>, "'HTML WG'" <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <041801c90223$f5770a20$e0651e60$@com>

> -----Original Message-----
> From: public-html-request@w3.org [mailto:public-html-request@w3.org] On
> Behalf Of Karl Dubost
> Sent: Tuesday, August 19, 2008 8:25 AM
> To: Laura Carlson
> Cc: Ian Hickson; HTML WG
> Subject: Re: alt attribute - a very simple proposal
> My proposal is something along:
> 	All img elements must have the alt content attribute set.
> 	The accessibility requirements on the possible values of
> 	the alt attributes are defined by WCAG 2.0 and not HTML 5.

While this may feel like "throwing the problem over the fence" to the WCAG
and us irresponsibly dodging the issue, I think that it is the best possible
solution. In a nutshell, it says, "HTML demands @alt. If you want @alt to be
accessible, look at the WCAG information, they're the experts."

It is elegant, agrees with our goals, lets the WCAG do their job, and leaves
the decision of whether or not to be accessible in the HTML author's court.

Received on Tuesday, 19 August 2008 17:50:41 UTC

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