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Re: The alt="" attribute

From: Philip TAYLOR (Ret'd) <P.Taylor@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2008 22:52:20 +0100
Message-ID: <48B47B14.6030209@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
To: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>
CC: public-html@w3.org

Boris Zbarsky wrote:

[Long snip]

> Philip TAYLOR (Ret'd) wrote:

 >>> Ian Hickson wrote :

>>> To make a decision on this <img> issue I also have to make some 
>>> ethical determinations. In particular there is a conflict between 
>>> allowing any author to publish content, and requiring all authors to 
>>> publish content that is usable by anyone. 
>> I see no conflict.  We allow anyone who passes a driving
>> test to drive, but that does not give them a mandate to
>> drive without consideration for other road users.

> I would certainly hope that you see a fundamental difference between 
> freedom of speech and driving a car in terms of rights vs privileges. If 
> not, I'm afraid it's very difficult to agree on anything that would 
> involve possible restraint on the freedom of speech, which is the 
> situation we're faced with here.

As I hope you realised from the other parts of my
message, there is no suggestion (on my part) of any
restraint, on the freedom of speech or otherwise.

We are engaged in writing a technical specification,
to which we /hope/ that authors will adhere.  If
they do not, there is no suggestion (on my part,
at least) that any penalty should be exacted;
rather, our hope is that those who do not adhere
will, in time, be educated by society at large
as to the benefits of adherence.

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