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Use of normative statements in HTML 5 relating to appropriate alt attribute content

From: Steven Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2008 11:23:26 +0000
Message-ID: <55687cf80803250423v5ae15231kff99f29d940fa9fc@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Al Gilman" <Alfred.S.Gilman@ieee.org>, "HTML WG" <public-html@w3.org>, wai-xtech@w3.org
Hi Al,
Can the PF WG please advise and provide a formal response to the HTML WG on
the current usage of normative statements in the HTML 5 draft in respect
to the img element alt attribute content [1].
1. Is it appropriate for the HTML spec to include normative statements
[2] about what consititutes and appropriate alt text?
2. If normative statements are OK, then should these statements only echo
the normative statements (in WCAG 1.0/WCAG 2.0) in respect to appropriate
alt text's or can they include statements that contradict or go beyond what
is stated in WCAG 1/2?

The PF WG's attention to this issue would be much appreciated.

[1] http://www.w3.org/html/wg/html5/#the-img
[2] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-archive/2008Feb/0037.html,
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-archive/2008Feb/0038.html

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with regards

Steve Faulkner
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Director - Web Accessibility Tools Consortium

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