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Re: Confidence Claims - more discussion

From: Shadi Abou-Zahra <shadi@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 02 Jun 2005 16:10:50 +0200
Message-ID: <429F136A.20705@w3.org>
To: Nick Kew <nick@webthing.com>
Cc: public-wai-ert@w3.org


Nick Kew wrote:
>>I don't think it's necessary to state that the first image has an alt
>>attribute and the second image has an alt attribute and the third image
>>etc. You just need to state that all images have an alt attribute.
> Well, yes.  But in effect, that's just a detailed statement of the
> tool's capabilities.  This tool tests ALT attributes for every IMG;
> therefore every IMG that isn't reported has passed that test.
> It's no more than a static document.

How do you know that "this tool tests ALT attributes for every IMG"? Do you really *trust* that a tool carried out a test, and that test passes just because it doesn't include it in the report?


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