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Re: aside and figure elements

From: Karl Dubost <karl+w3c@la-grange.net>
Date: Mon, 7 Jun 2010 20:05:10 -0400
Cc: HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>, HTML Accessibility Task Force <public-html-a11y@w3.org>
Message-Id: <7D68A183-E4B8-4D99-AA02-968E1D478B26@la-grange.net>
To: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>, Bruce Lawson <brucel@opera.com>
The difference between the two examples illustrates two schools of thoughts.

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1. Descriptive
   In which the alt tag is used to described what is in the image.

2. Text flow
   In which the alt tag is given an empty value (alt="") 
   because it would be awkward in the text flow without images.

Both cases could be valid. 
It depends on the context and what the text author would like to convey to the readers. 
It also depends on how "figcaption" element would be treated by assistive technologies. 
Something part of the text or something special with a marker. 

For example, in a vocal browser saying something like:
	"IMAGE CAPTION blablabla"
or just
	"blablabla"

If the vocal browser says "IMAGE CAPTION" then the alt with a meaningful content seems to be necessary.



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Karl Dubost
Montréal, QC, Canada
http://www.la-grange.net/karl/
Received on Tuesday, 8 June 2010 00:05:43 GMT

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