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HTML-A11Y Task Force Recommendation: ISSUE-31 Missing Alt

From: Janina Sajka <janina@rednote.net>
Date: Mon, 3 May 2010 20:02:18 -0400
To: Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>, Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>, Paul Cotton <Paul.Cotton@microsoft.com>
Cc: public-html@w3.org, HTML Accessibility Task Force <public-html-a11y@w3.org>, Judy Brewer <jbrewer@w3.org>, Philippe Le Hegaret <plh@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20100504000218.GR2315@sonata.rednote.net>
The following consensus recommendation of the HTML A11Y Task Force (with objections) is
hereby referred to the HTML Working Group pursuant to the Task Force
consensus procedures at:
http://www.w3.org/WAI/PF/HTML/consensus-procedures.html

Recommendation: ISSUE-31 Missing Alt

RESOLUTION: The HTML-A11Y Task Force supports the change proposal at
http://www.w3.org/html/wg/wiki/ChangeProposals/ImgElement20090126
to implement WAI Consensus Guidance that a missing text alternative should
be an error in conformance checkers. We expect the error text will
reference additional guidance on text alternatives in WCAG support
materials.

The Task Force notes that this change proposal implements the WAI CG
Consensus Resolutions on Text alternatives in HTML 5:
http://www.w3.org/2009/06/Text-Alternatives-in-HTML5.html

Final Vote:

On the WBS Survey:	21 voted "Yes"
			 2 voted "No"

91% of Task Force members voting on this resolution
via WBS voted to support it.
 
Votes, Comments, and Objections Recorded Against This Recommendation  which were logged via WBS can be found at:
http://www.w3.org/2002/09/wbs/44061/20040422_text-alt/results

An additional Call for Consensus was issued via email:
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html-a11y/2010Apr/0290.html

No additional objection was logged against this proposal via email:

Further comments and discussion in email on this resolution can be found
beginning at:
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html-a11y/2010Apr/0292.html

In considering this discussion, the Task Force agreed it does not oppose
a "missing" attribute, but did not wish to hold back its
recommendation while such a mechanism is perfected. The Task Force will
be pleased to consider such a perfecting proposal when one is offered.

The Task Force approved this resolution without further objection during
its regular teleconference on Thursday 29 April:
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html-a11y/2010Apr/0339.html

Janina Sajka & Mike Smith, Task Force Co-Facilitators

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