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Re: Need differentiator between "no alt text provided" and "no alt text necessary"

From: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2009 08:47:11 +0200
Cc: James Craig <jcraig@apple.com>, Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>, public-html@w3.org
Message-Id: <577E1DAC-495D-441C-B3BB-8F8631735A1A@iki.fi>
To: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>

On Feb 3, 2009, at 06:52, Ian Hickson wrote:

> Specifically, they are
> handled by the first two entries in the list after the sentence that  
> says
> "What an img element represents depends on the src attribute and the  
> alt
> attribute".
> Case 3 is covered by the next entry in that list, entitled "If the src
> attribute is set and the alt attribute is not".

If the spec text needs this much explanation, it seems that it isn't  
clear enough as is, and adopting the proposed clarification would  
help. The spec might even include this list as a two by three table:

On Feb 3, 2009, at 05:10, James Craig wrote:

> 1. <img src="" alt="">		Presentational image.
> 2. <img src="" alt="foo">		Meaningful image, alt text provided.
> 3. <img src="">				Meaningful image, no alt text provided.

Henri Sivonen
Received on Tuesday, 3 February 2009 06:47:53 UTC

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