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

From: Jason White <jason@jasonjgw.net>
Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2007 14:09:14 +1100
To: wai-xtech@w3.org
Message-ID: <20071129030913.GA24697@jdc.jasonjgw.net>

On Tue, Nov 27, 2007 at 10:08:16AM +0000, Gez Lemon wrote:
> Even with more sophisticated technologies, such as image scanning, it
> would take some artificial intelligence to determine the author's
> intent of a critical image with missing alt text.

Correct, and even if such software were available, it would be better used by
an authoring tool, as the author would then have an opportunity to correct its
mistakes. On the client side, there is no such opportunity, since by
assumption the user cannot perceive the image. As a result, such image
recognition software would be an aid to the author, and not a reason for
omitting text alternatives.
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