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Re: Request for clarification of 'In many cases, the image is actually just supplementary'

From: David Poehlman <david.poehlman@handsontechnologeyes.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2008 08:38:03 -0400
Message-ID: <FD9FC34B5C354B419C580CB6D3440FC0@HANDS>
To: "Ian Hickson" <ian@hixie.ch>, "Steven Faulkner" <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
Cc: "W3C WAI-XTECH" <wai-xtech@w3.org>, <public-html@w3.org>

anytime you require the empty string, it is ambiguous.  If it can be seen 
visually, it must be reflected textually.  The image is there for a reason 
and that needs to be addressed.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ian Hickson" <ian@hixie.ch>
To: "Steven Faulkner" <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
Cc: "W3C WAI-XTECH" <wai-xtech@w3.org>; <public-html@w3.org>
Sent: Saturday, August 23, 2008 5:34 AM
Subject: Re: Request for clarification of 'In many cases, the image is 
actually just supplementary'



On Mon, 18 Aug 2008, Steven Faulkner wrote:
>
> The HTML5 spec currently states [1]:
>
> "In many cases, the image is actually just supplementary, and its
> presence merely reinforces the surrounding text. In these cases, the
> alt attribute must be present but its value must be the empty string."
>
> and provides and example:
>
> A flowchart that repeats the previous paragraph in graphical form:
>
> <p>The network passes data to the Tokeniser stage, which
> passes data to the Tree Construction stage. From there, data goes
> to both the DOM and to Script Execution. Script Execution is
> linked to the DOM, and, using document.write(), passes data to
> the Tokeniser.</p>
> <p><img src="images/parsing-model-overview.png" alt=""></p>"
>
>
> So would the example below be non-conforming?
>
>
> <p>The network passes data to the Tokeniser stage, which
> passes data to the Tree Construction stage. From there, data goes
> to both the DOM and to Script Execution. Script Execution is
> linked to the DOM, and, using document.write(), passes data to
> the Tokeniser.</p>
> <p><img src="images/parsing-model-overview.png" alt="Flowchart
> representation of the preceding paragraph."></p>

I have attempted to make the spec clear about this. Please let me know if
it is still ambiguous. Thanks!

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