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Re: DRAFT response Re[2]: Request for PFWG WAI review of Omitting alt Attribute for Critical Content

From: David Poehlman <david.poehlman@handsontechnologeyes.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2007 21:15:03 -0500
Cc: wai-xtech@w3.org
Message-Id: <C605C9AE-D254-403B-B9F6-00FB01432816@handsontechnologeyes.com>
To: Jason White <jason@jasonjgw.net>

In that case, I agree with the proposa.

On Nov 27, 2007, at 8:57 PM, Jason White wrote:


On Tue, Nov 27, 2007 at 06:48:54PM -0500, David Poehlman wrote:
> Surely, there is no element or attribute anywhere in any spec that  
> would
> say, when you publish your documents, not only must you use an alt  
> attrib,
> you also must write into it that the image is not important if it is  
> not
> important.

The proposal is:

ALT="text" means that "text" is an alternative to the image.
alt="" means that the image is purely decorative or used only as  
formatting.

Omitting @alt entirely is not allowed, as a matter of syntax, as in  
HTML 4.01.

There is nothing new or unusual here; this is how specifications  
prescribe
syntax and semantics.

Of course, there might be substantive objections to the proposal, but  
this
isn't one of them.
Received on Wednesday, 28 November 2007 02:15:20 GMT

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