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Re: [html4all] HTML5 Alternative Text, and Authoring Tools

From: David Poehlman <david.poehlman@handsontechnologeyes.com>
Date: Thu, 8 May 2008 06:45:10 -0400
Message-ID: <1492592B1F454744AE524C78028CECD5@HANDS>
To: "W3C WAI-XTECH" <wai-xtech@w3.org>, "Christophe Strobbe" <christophe.strobbe@esat.kuleuven.be>

it's always possible <g>

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Christophe Strobbe" <christophe.strobbe@esat.kuleuven.be>
To: "W3C WAI-XTECH" <wai-xtech@w3.org>
Sent: Thursday, May 08, 2008 6:21 AM
Subject: Re: [html4all] HTML5 Alternative Text, and Authoring Tools




At 15:01 2/05/2008, Smylers wrote:
>(...)
>However, for all sites which are currently valid HTML 4 -- that is, they
>provide genuine alt text -- the requirements are exactly the same in
>HTML 5; that alt text is still mandatory.  There is no option for the
>author to omit it.

There is a loophole in the requirements. The spec says:
"When it is possible for alternative text to be provided, (...), text
that conveys can serve as a substitute for the image must be given as
the contents of the alt attribute."

"When it is possible" is too subjective and I doubt that it meets W3C
QA guidelines, as I explained at
<http://juicystudio.com/article/html5-alt-text-authoring-tools.php#comment29>.

Best regards,

Christophe


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