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RE: consensus (try 2): text in images

From: Cynthia Shelly <cyns@whatuwant.net>
Date: Tue, 17 Oct 2000 13:25:54 -0700
Message-ID: <F0CBA28A8CE1D311B64300508BC21622555912@SARUMAN>
To: "'Wendy A Chisholm'" <wendy@w3.org>, w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
I would add something about the images you use having appropriate alt text.

-----Original Message-----
From: Wendy A Chisholm [mailto:wendy@w3.org]
Sent: Monday, October 16, 2000 2:53 PM
To: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
Subject: consensus (try 2): text in images


Here is a second try.

3.1 Use markup rather than images to convey information. [Priority 2]

For example, use MathML to mark up mathematical equations.  Until an image 
markup language such as SVG is more widely supported, it is acceptable to 
use images <with appropriate alt text> to create logos.  Until a styling
language such as CSS is more 
widely supported in a consistent manner, it is acceptable to use images
<with appropriate alt text> to 
create stylized text in navigation buttons and image maps.

Note that I have removed the opening phrase of the existing checkpoint, 
"when an appropriate markup language exists."  I did this because I want to 
strengthen the point because in the future I believe we will be able to use 
markup to convey most all information...at least if SVG, CSS, and all the 
other W3C dreams come true.

I've also reworded the note to say that it is appropriate to use images 
until markup languages such SVG and CSS are more widely supported.

This doesn't actually change the intent of my previous proposal too much, 
but hopefully it clarifies some things.

Thoughts?  Perhaps it is best for us to save the rest of this discussion 
for the teleconference call on Thursday?  I'm afraid of starting another 
30+ message thread...<grin>

wendy a chisholm
world wide web consortium
web accessibility initiative
madison, wi usa
tel: +1 608 663 6346
Received on Tuesday, 17 October 2000 16:23:20 UTC

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