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Re: Request for PFWG WAI review of Omitting alt Attribute for Critical Content

From: Gregory J. Rosmaita <oedipus@hicom.net>
Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2007 22:11:23 +0100
To: Maurice Carey <maurice@thymeonline.com>, HTML Working Group <public-html@w3.org>, wai-xtech@w3.org
Message-Id: <20071024210857.M7329@hicom.net>

aloha, maurice --

your example is fallacious -- if there is advice to be given on 
quote proper unquote use of null alt text, then there should be 
guidance (anyone remember WCAG?  anyone read WCAG 2.0?) for a 
standardized way of indicating null alt text which an assistive 
technology can -- at the user's pleasure -- either skip entirely
or indicate non-verbally/non-tactilely, using a very brief sound 

besides, what you included in your example was ASCII art, not an
illustration quote critical to the content unquote, which was the
point of my using this particular example as an example of why 
the HTML WG needs to work on authoring advice with the Web 
Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (WCAG - 
http://www.w3.org/WAI/GL) if it is to enter the realm of author 
guidance -- after all, WCAG 1.0 is a technical recommendation, and
WCAG 2.0 will more than likely become one long before work on HTML5
is complete, so harmonization of the two efforts is essential...

as for ASCII art, please consult the WCAG documents and their 
associated techniques documents:



as well as the information at the WCAG working group's site, cited


You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of
focus.                                           -- Mark Twain

Gregory J. Rosmaita: gregory@ubats.org
    United Blind Advocates for Talking Signs: http://ubats.org
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