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Re: null alt revisited

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 8 Apr 1999 16:53:08 -0400 (EDT)
To: William Loughborough <love26@gorge.net>
cc: "w3c-wai-au@w3.org" <w3c-wai-au@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.10.9904081649380.15377-100000@tux.w3.org>
Aah. The problem is that alt="" or alt=" " is valid html (or xhtml for
that matter) and is a perfectly sensible thing to have in some cases. (If
you want to describe the pretty curly roses and ivy motif you use for a
list bullet, you should do it in a longdesc.)

So it won't get picked up automatically - having no alt there at all will
get picked up, because it is a validity error anyway.

Which is why I prefer it as a solution.


On Thu, 8 Apr 1999, William Loughborough wrote:

  When I said the "default" was alt=" " the understanding was that the
  tool *could not* allow that to stay (go unpunished?).  It would force an
  alert so that the author would have to do something and the choices
  would not include leaving it alone.  She could either make it alt="" if
  it were just another bullet or HR and enter proper text elsewise.

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