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Re: feedback requested on WAI CG Consensus Resolutions on Text alternatives in HTML 5 document

From: Smylers <Smylers@stripey.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Aug 2009 10:30:23 +0100
To: HTMLWG WG <public-html@w3.org>, W3C WAI-XTECH <wai-xtech@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20090817093023.GA32764@stripey.com>
Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis writes:

> On 17/08/2009 09:42, Maciej Stachowiak wrote:
> 
> > Would it be appropriate, in light of this, to add a user agent
> > requirement that an img with empty alt should not be mapped to
> > accessibility APIs at all?
>
> Given the variety of authoring practice around "alt", I don't think
> that  would be safe.

If every instance of alt="" should also have role=presentation then
could we get user-agents to infer that?

Specifically, if a user-agent encounters alt="" but no role attribute
then it behaves as if the document had had role=presentation (adding it
to the Dom, passing it to screen readers, etc).

Smylers
Received on Monday, 17 August 2009 09:28:04 UTC

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