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Propose adoption of the term "text alternative" (as defined in WCAG 2.0) in HTML5

From: Steven Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2008 18:36:50 +0100
Message-ID: <55687cf80804151036w776d8682q7bce5857e1baab6b@mail.gmail.com>
To: "HTML WG" <public-html@w3.org>, wai-xtech@w3.org
Cc: wai-liaison@w3.org

Currently the HTML5 specification does not define what a "text
alternative" for a non text objects is.

A text alternative (for an image) is referred to at times as:

"lesser textual version"
"The text"
A "rephrasing ... in prose form"
"alternative text"
"textual replacement"
"text label"
"text that conveys the same meaning"
"equivalent textual label "
"text that conveys can serve as a substitute"

The nearest to a definition for text alternative that is provided is:

"It is important to realise that the alternative text is a replacement
for the image, not a description of the image."

In order to clarify normative and informative statements in HTML5 in
relation to text alternatives, it is proposed that the WCAG 2.0
definition [1] be adopted and that statements contained within the
HTML5 specification be modified to provide  statements consistent with
this definition and it's supporting documentation[2].

[2] http://www.w3.org/TR/2007/WD-UNDERSTANDING-WCAG20-20071211/text-equiv-all.html

with regards

Steve Faulkner
Technical Director - TPG Europe
Director - Web Accessibility Tools Consortium

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