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Re: Propose removing "An image in an e-mail or document intended for a specific person who is known to be able to view images" from the HTML5 spec.

From: Peter Krantz <peter.krantz@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2008 15:48:40 +0200
Message-ID: <7b9ad66d0804120648r573aec4eu71c1bc8cc78b1055@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Steven Faulkner" <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
Cc: "HTML WG" <public-html@w3.org>, wai-xtech@w3.org, "public html for all" <list@html4all.org>

On Sat, Apr 12, 2008 at 3:23 PM, Steven Faulkner
<faulkner.steve@gmail.com> wrote:
>  The part in the HTML 5 spec (see below). about it being OK to leave
>  the alt off if you are sending an email to someone who is known to
>  view images, is unecessary and
>  just a variation on the "disabled people don't use my web site, so I
>  don't need to make it accessible" argument. It adds nothing of use to
>  the spec apart from providing another dubious reason to omit the alt
>  attribute.
>  I propose it is removed.

I second that proposal. That statement makes assumptions about the
lifetime of messages and takes a static approach to disability.
E-mails get forwarded and the degree of disability may vary over time.


Peter Krantz
Received on Saturday, 12 April 2008 13:49:13 UTC

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