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Re: alt attribute - a very simple proposal

From: Patrick H. Lauke <redux@splintered.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2008 00:10:20 +0100
Message-ID: <48AB52DC.2080609@splintered.co.uk>
To: HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>

Karl Dubost wrote:

> 1. I would just keep alt attribute requirements to the functional 
> requirements, such as if images are not loaded the content of the alt 
> attribute must be displayed.
> 2. The specific requirements on accessibility such as  the content of 
> the alt attribute depending on the use cases should be entirely left to 
> The specification would then be lighter, could have a pointer saying all 
> the requirements for accessibility are defined in wcag 2.0.

Sounds reasonable, and succinctly puts across what I've been trying to 
articulate - that it's not the purpose of the HTML spec to define 
accessibility requirements, but to provide the necessary 
hooks/attributes/elements/constructs that, when used in accordance with 
WCAG guidance, facilitate/allow the creation of accessible content.

Patrick H. Lauke
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