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Re: Macromedia not getting accessibility quite right...

From: Josh Hughes <josh@deaghean.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Nov 2002 15:47:07 -0500
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-Id: <BE38BDD2-F5B6-11D6-ABA6-0030654D5306@deaghean.com>

Yeah... enforce accessibility shouldn't be option. It should be the 
default.

And a better implementation would be having an option between 
"Description (ALT)" and "Decorative Graphic" since presumably the end 
users of this product wouldn't know what's proper to put as an alt for 
graphics that don't convey any useful information.

I am excited about the product though... it would certainly be nice to 
have some easy means to preventing clients from screwing up my designs.

Josh

>
> So then, Macromedia have today released their new "Contribute"
> software, a low-cost Web page editor based on Dreamweaver MX, and a
> trial for Windows is available at http://macromedia.com/contribute/.
>
> However, a few things concern me about this software. In the product
> info, MM claim that Contribute can produce fully valid XHTML and
> enforce accessibility rules. So I downloaded the trial to try it out.
>
> First of all, I just added a new image. I would have thought that at
> very least it'd add alt="", but it didn't. Instantly invalid HTML.
>
> So then I tried enabling the "enforce accessibility" option, which
> made the software want a non-blank string for *every* image! In the
> interface for changing image properties, it also says "Image
> description (ALT)", which isn't that great a label.
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