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Re: alt attribute - a very simple proposal

From: Patrick H. Lauke <redux@splintered.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2008 00:06:53 +0100
Message-ID: <48AB520D.100@splintered.co.uk>
To: HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>

Smylers wrote:

> I believe that early in the life of this working group it was decreed
> that "accessibility" is to be interpreted narrowly, as "accessibility
> for those with disabilities".  For "accessibility for all" the term
> "universality" was coined; this includes catering for those without
> disabilities but who use Lynx or have low bandwidth or whatever.
> Clearly there are situations in which the alt attribute is useful other
> than helping those with disabilities.  So it would be odd to delegate
> custodian of this attribute to a working group which is only focused on
> one set of users.

Isn't the use of lynx, or turning off images for low bandwidth, 
functionally equivalent to the situation of VI users?

Also, from the introduction to the current WCAG 2 CR

"Although these guidelines cover a wide range of issues, they are not 
able to address the needs of people with all types, degrees and 
combinations of disabilities. These guidelines also make Web content 
more usable by older individuals with changing abilities due to aging 
and often improve usability for users in general."

Patrick H. Lauke
re·dux (adj.): brought back; returned. used postpositively
[latin : re-, re- + dux, leader; see duke.]
www.splintered.co.uk | www.photographia.co.uk
Co-lead, Web Standards Project (WaSP) Accessibility Task Force
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