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Re: alt attribute - a very simple proposal

From: Joshue O Connor <joshue.oconnor@cfit.ie>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2008 08:35:39 +0100
Message-ID: <48ABC94B.4000608@cfit.ie>
To: HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>

Smylers wrote:
> Patrick H. Lauke writes:
>> 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?
> I'm not sure.

That sounds pretty close to the experience of a visually impaired user 
when they consume web content.


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