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Re: The alt="" attribute

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2008 22:57:25 +0000 (UTC)
To: "Philip TAYLOR (Ret'd)" <P.Taylor@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
Cc: public-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0808262257050.7044@hixie.dreamhostps.com>
On Tue, 26 Aug 2008, Philip TAYLOR (Ret'd) wrote:
> 
> > then instead consider the other cases that I mentioned as being 
> > affected by the same problem (e.g. Webcams, fractal explorers, Google 
> > Street View) where the image data is collected in an automated 
> > fashion, and therefore there is not a user to ask for the replacement 
> > text from.
> 
> I see no problem with providing ALT text for any of these ("The new 
> lecture theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London (UK), seen from 
> outside the Computer Centre, 10:20 on Sunday 24th February 2008"; "A 
> graphical image of the Julia set for f_c, c=(φ−2)+(φ−1), i 
> =-0.4+0.6i"; "The northbound carriageway at 1767 Sacramento Street, 
> Albuquerque, New Mexico : 12:47 on Thursday 14th April 2007").

Those are captions, not replacement text. They'd make horrible 
replacement text.

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