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Re: HTML Action Item 54 - ...draft text for HTML 5 spec to require producers/authors to include @alt on img elements.

From: Robert J Burns <rob@robburns.com>
Date: Fri, 9 May 2008 17:13:55 +0000
Cc: "Justin James" <j_james@mindspring.com>, public-html@w3.org, "W3C WAI-XTECH" <wai-xtech@w3.org>, wai-liaison@w3.org
Message-Id: <A9AC01B5-3F3D-437E-850A-523FA42EA19C@robburns.com>
To: "Sam Kuper" <sam.kuper@uclmail.net>
Hi Justin,

On May 9, 2008, at 2:37 PM, Sam Kuper wrote:

> 2008/5/9 Justin James <j_james@mindspring.com>:
> Anything that cannot be machine-checked should not be in the spec.
>
> Justin,
>
> This is bonkers. Large parts of the spec can't be machine-checked.  
> How can a machine detect whether text in a <p> element is being used  
> as a heading, for instance? I could go on listing cases, but I won't.
>
> I think you may be confusing a schema (something for computers to  
> use to assess validity) with a specification (something for humans  
> to use as guidance when writing code or markup for computers).

Another way to put this might be to say: for machine checkable only  
merely requires SGML and XML. We would need no HTML specification.  
Most of HTML5 (perhaps all of HTML traditionally), specified the  
mostly the non-machine checkable parts (except for the validity in the  
XML sense of separating validity from well-formedness).

Take care,
Rob
Received on Friday, 9 May 2008 17:14:42 UTC

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