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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  

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  
syntax and semantics.

Of course, there might be substantive objections to the proposal, but  
isn't one of them.
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