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Re: Discussion on Change Proposal for ISSUE-66

From: Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Jan 2010 21:46:06 -0600
Message-ID: <dd0fbad1001231946t3a50bbbene10a788f30fccc8f@mail.gmail.com>
To: Shelley Powers <shelley.just@gmail.com>
Cc: John Foliot <jfoliot@stanford.edu>, Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>, Matt May <mattmay@adobe.com>, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>, public-html-a11y@w3.org
On Sat, Jan 23, 2010 at 9:24 PM, Shelley Powers <shelley.just@gmail.com> wrote:
> Then there's the issue of performance -- authoring tools only have to
> try to determine the alt text once. Do we really want every user agent
> to attempt the same process every time the web page is opened? For
> every image?

What's the alternative?  If neither the author nor the authoring tool
fills in the alt-text, do we just shrug our shoulders and say "Sorry,
blind people, guess you're out of luck."?

It seems pretty obvious that the correct solution for accessibility is
to address this issue at *all* levels.  The earlier the better, but
it's not excusable to fail users with accessibility needs when we
*can* do something to help them.

I'm just behind a slight softening of the spec text, as Lachlan and
Maciej have suggested.

~TJ
Received on Sunday, 24 January 2010 03:46:54 UTC

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