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[issue 499] Proposal to close issue

From: Wendy Chisholm <wendy@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2005 16:35:45 -0500
Message-ID: <41E59831.4000008@w3.org>
To: wai-gl <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>

Issue 499 [0]
2 September 2003, Greg Gay wrote [1]:

New Guideline Suggested for Section 3 Understandable
3.5 [EXTENDED] Minimize the use of repetitive and non-meaningful content.

A guideline is needed to encourage  reducing information overload for 
screen reader users, and users with cognitive disabilities, essentially 
minimizing, or providing a means to minimize complexity. Within the  
Understandable guidelines an additional extended guideline should be 
introduced that requires minimizing the amount of irrelevant or 
non-meaningful or repetitive information. Such instances might include 
using an empty Alt attribute to cause AT to ignore meaningless images,  
using and empty summary attribute for irrelevant layout tables,  or 
using empty Alt for icon links reproduced as alternative text links so 
links are not announced twice....
[end of Greg's comment]

The examples that he gives seem to be addressed by the current Guideline 1.1 
Level 1 Success Criterion #4 "Non-text content that does not provide 
information, functionality, or sensory experience is marked such that it 
can be ignored by assistive technology." 

I propose that we close issue 499 since this issue seems to be addressed
by Guideline 1.1.


[0] <http://trace.wisc.edu/bugzilla_wcag/show_bug.cgi?id=499>
[1] <http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-comments-wcag20/2003Sep/0000.html>

wendy a chisholm
world wide web consortium
web accessibility initiative
Received on Wednesday, 12 January 2005 21:35:54 UTC

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