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RE: Issue #1305

From: Joe Clark <joeclark@joeclark.org>
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2004 18:21:38 +0000 (UTC)
To: WAI-GL <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.60.0412141817440.31728@aristotle.multipattern.com>

> Test 15 - ALT text for images used as links must describe the link 
> destination

No, it must not. Alt text replaces the image; <a> describes the 
destination, as with title="". Quit trying to rewrite the spec.

<http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/struct/objects.html#adef-alt>

<http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/struct/links.html#adef-href>, 
additionally, states that the href attribute "specifies the location of a 
Web resource, thus defining a link between the current element (the source 
anchor) and the destination anchor defined by this attribute."

What defines the destination is <a>, not <img>. By spec. It's 
cut-and-dried; the Working Group's attempts are incorrect and must be 
removed.

If I'm not mistaken, I got this wrong in my book. Let's not keep getting 
it wrong.


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