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Re: Request to Reconsider Alt Guidance Location

From: Laura Carlson <laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2012 17:05:16 -0600
Message-ID: <CAOavpvfEbEff4dcc7EHTKGRrLNLYw6HmCL05_OM_u9FR1eEG1Q@mail.gmail.com>
To: Leif Halvard Silli <xn--mlform-iua@xn--mlform-iua.no>
Cc: Janina Sajka <janina@rednote.net>, HTML Accessibility Task Force <public-html-a11y@w3.org>, public-html@w3.org, Judy Brewer <jbrewer@w3.org>, Steven Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
Hi Leif,

> Well, there seems to be broad agreement that HTML4 did not describe
> things well enough.

On some things I agree.

>  Longdesc is one thing it was not enough clear about.

Yes we have better longdesc spec text in the CP.

> Also, with regard to @alt, then the only normative rule it had -
> at least per the HTML4 validator - was that the author has must either
> leave the attribute empty, or non-empty.

> And no one read WCAG, despite those links.

Some certainly did.

> Nothing is guaranteed. But — and for what it is worth — I think we
> should try to focus on making HTML5 as acceptable as possible, with
> regard to A11Y.

Acceptable to some may not be acceptable to others.

> To focus on getting the WG to move @alt text from
> HTML5, only seems like a distraction that could hurt — and perhaps
> already have hurt — the attention to the other issues up for decision.

Each issue is supposed to be decided by the merit of the arguments.

Best Regards,

Laura L. Carlson
Received on Thursday, 23 February 2012 23:05:47 UTC

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