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(unknown charset) RE: 1.4 and ALT text

From: (unknown charset) Gregg Vanderheiden <gv@trace.wisc.edu>
Date: Mon, 6 Aug 2001 21:05:41 -0500
To: (unknown charset) "'Charles McCathieNevile'" <charles@w3.org>
Cc: (unknown charset) "'GLWAI Guidelines WG \(GL - WAI Guidelines WG\)'" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <002301c11ee5$85b59ae0$066fa8c0@750>

Interesting thought.    I think we need to be careful though if we are
to add rules that prevent the use of certain technologies (such as ALT
tags in HTML) in order to comply.     Saying that you can just ignore a
rule if your technology doesn’t support it contradicts our general
approach.    And adding a rule that implies that you should use OBJECT
or some other approach besides ALT in order to comply with the new
It makes me nervous.

I think we need to think this through.


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-----Original Message-----
From: w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org] On
Behalf Of Charles McCathieNevile
Sent: Monday, August 06, 2001 1:19 PM
To: Gregg Vanderheiden
Cc: 'GLWAI Guidelines WG (GL - WAI Guidelines WG)'
Subject: Re: 1.4 and ALT text

I don't think this is necessary. Where it is not possible to do
something (as
in technically impossible) it should simply be marked non-applicable,
then we rely on using technology that does support accessibility where


On Mon, 6 Aug 2001, Gregg Vanderheiden wrote:

  Since we can't mark the language in an HTML ALT text -- but we can in
  XML or Object,

  Perhaps this should be amended to read

  1.4 Identify the primary natural language of text and (where
  supported) text equivalents and all changes in natural language.
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