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Re: aside and figure elements

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Mon, 7 Jun 2010 23:40:02 +0000 (UTC)
To: Bruce Lawson <brucel@opera.com>
Cc: HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>, HTML Accessibility Task Force <public-html-a11y@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.64.1006072239310.22659@ps20323.dreamhostps.com>
On Mon, 7 Jun 2010, Bruce Lawson wrote:
> 
> <figure>
> <img src=ceo.jpg alt="">
> <figcaption>Brian Slick, CEO of Blammo Corp, leveraging a synergy</figcaption>
> </figure>
> 
> seems entirely accessible

I would have said the opposite -- there's no alternative to the image 
provided, so it's entirely inaccessible.

Here's an example of what I would have expected for this to be considered 
accessible:

 <figure>
  <img src=ceo.jpg alt="Photograph: A tall man with brown hair, and a 
  moustache sits at a keyboard while smiling to the camera.">
  <figcaption>Brian Slick, CEO of Blammo Corp, leveraging a synergy</figcaption>
 </figure>


> <figure>
> <img src=ceo.jpg alt="Brian Slick, CEO of Blammo Corp, leveraging a synergy">
> <figcaption>Brian Slick, CEO of Blammo Corp, leveraging a synergy</figcaption>
> </figure>
> 
> which is "too much accessibility".

It's also non-conforming, since that isn't alternative text, it's caption 
text (the image title).

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