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Re: response to counter proposal for ISSUE-31 AND ISSUE-80

From: Laura Carlson <laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Jul 2010 07:28:53 -0500
Message-ID: <AANLkTilG1bgxjVQhcvBBRf0VZwlaSEBrpRTgLQJq6Xt-@mail.gmail.com>
To: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
Cc: Steven Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>, HTMLWG WG <public-html@w3.org>, Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>, Paul Cotton <Paul.Cotton@microsoft.com>
Hi Maciej,

> Feel free to update your Change Proposal if you would like to add rationale
> or extend it to cover additional mechanisms.

Thank you.

> For objections, I would
> recommend saving those for a survey,

Okay.

> unless you think this line of
> discussion can create broader consensus.

The one item that I would like to make sure of before this goes to
survey is a missing attribute. As I pointed out:

>> As for edge cases where page producers don't know what the image is,
>> the solution that WAI CG said that they would not object to [3] is:
>> create a "missing" attribute. Creating a "missing" attribute would
>> address the business concern of authoring tools wanting to validate to
>> HTML5, even if the author does not supply a text alternative. At least
>> a "missing" attribute would:
>>
>> * Allow an image without a text alternative to be honestly labeled for
>> what it is: missing, incomplete, lacking substance.
>> * Provide a machine checkable mechanism to locate incomplete <img> and
>> enable tools to quickly discern where "missing" has been so mistakes
>>  can be fixed.
>> * Support ethical accountability by promoting the development of
>>  responsible tools and by advocating an effective enabling environment.
>> * Has possibilities for crowdsourcing.

Is anyone interested in a compromise by creating a missing attribute?
I had started a change proposal on it [1] but no one seemed
interested. I would need help in writing the spec text.

Best Regards,
Laura

[1] http://www.w3.org/html/wg/wiki/User:Lcarlson/ImgElement

Best Regards,
Laura

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Laura L. Carlson
Received on Friday, 16 July 2010 12:29:20 UTC

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