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RE: figcaption NOT an replacement for alt in HTML5

From: Alastair Campbell <acampbell@nomensa.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2014 12:29:37 +0000
To: Steve Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
CC: David MacDonald <david100@sympatico.ca>, "w3c-wai-gl@w3.org" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>, "public-html-a11y@w3.org" <public-html-a11y@w3.org>, Steve Faulkner <sfaulkner@paciellogroup.com>, "kirsten@can-adapt.com" <kirsten@can-adapt.com>
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Steve wrote:
"I think the above is clearly a case where the figcaption text is a caption and should be identified as such. And would go further to say that the caption text is an adequate text alternative."

In that case I would agree, but I think it is the minority case where caption=alt.

Have a look at common cases, I think the BBC is pretty typical of well-done images/captions:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-25778334 

They aren't using HTML5, but the caption for the first image is " The couple met at the Rugby World Cup in Australia in 2003", no clue as to the couple in question.

The alt is  "Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall", vital information in the image.

Typical authors (in my experience) assume people can see the image when writing the caption. Alt text is something else.

-Alastair
Received on Friday, 17 January 2014 12:30:11 UTC

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