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Re: [issue 499] Proposal to close issue

From: Chris Ridpath <chris.ridpath@utoronto.ca>
Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2005 09:40:04 -0500
Message-ID: <044601c4f97d$c4f475c0$e29a968e@WILDDOG>
To: <wendy@w3.org>, "wai-gl" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>

We're just discussing this issue on the list now - minimizing the use of
repetitive and non-meaningful Alt text.
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-gl/2005JanMar/0094.html

There seems to be support for this idea but  I thought there was not a
guideline that covered it. You're suggesting it's covered 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."
>

If you think that the issue of repetitive Alt text is covered by guideline
1.1 L1 SC4 then I'm OK with that. Otherwise I'd like to see Greg's
suggestion implemented.

Cheers,
Chris

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Wendy Chisholm" <wendy@w3.org>
To: "wai-gl" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Sent: Wednesday, January 12, 2005 4:35 PM
Subject: [issue 499] Proposal to close issue


>
> 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.
>
> --wendy
>
> [0] <http://trace.wisc.edu/bugzilla_wcag/show_bug.cgi?id=499>
> [1]
<http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-comments-wcag20/2003Sep/0000.htm
l>
>
> -- 
> wendy a chisholm
> world wide web consortium
> web accessibility initiative
> http://www.w3.org/WAI/
> /--
>
>
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