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Re: Layout versus data tables proposal for null summary attribute

From: Alastair Campbell <ac@nomensa.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Aug 2004 17:16:02 +0100
Message-ID: <412F5E42.1020906@nomensa.com>
To: david poehlman <david.poehlman@handsontechnologeyes.com>
CC: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

david poehlman wrote:
> If you decide that your
> image has no meaning, why put it up at all?  same for other nulls.  I know,
> the arguments against this proposal, but it makes perfect sense to me not to
> use something if there is no real cause to use it other than for passing
> some sort of test...

There are some valid uses for decorative images. They can be used to 
round off corners and other visual flourishes. CSS can be used for a lot 
of these, but occasionally you might find browser support tricky, so 
resort to a foreground image.

Giving them any real description would probably drive screen reader 
users up the wall, so applying a null alt text should save a few walls ;)

Whether null table summaries become standard may depend on how the user 
agents deal with them, including the accessibility checkers. If bobby is 
going to insist on you using a summary on every table to 'pass', people 
are going to add summaries. Rather than having "this is a layout table" 
read out 15 times per page, null would be better. Wouldn't it?



Alastair Campbell   |   Director of Technology

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