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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: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2008 20:00:48 +0000 (UTC)
To: Steven Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
Cc: HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>, wai-xtech@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0804121956350.15458@hixie.dreamhostps.com>

On Sat, 12 Apr 2008, Steven Faulkner 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.

So say that my partner e-mails me personally an e-mail that contains a 
diagram of our new apartment's floor layout.

What possible benefit is there to making that e-mail non-conforming? 
(There's no way that my partner will describe the image textually, I 
assure you.)

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