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Re: HTML Action Item 54 - ...draft text for HTML 5 spec to require producers/authors to include @alt on img elements.

From: Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>
Date: Thu, 22 May 2008 15:04:00 +0200
Message-ID: <48356F40.1010308@lachy.id.au>
To: David Poehlman <david.poehlman@handsontechnologeyes.com>
Cc: Steven Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>, public-html@w3.org, W3C WAI-XTECH <wai-xtech@w3.org>, wai-liaison@w3.org

David Poehlman wrote:
> Philip has this correct.  There are many instances in which a requirement 
> for validation is removed from the authoring path.

No, he doesn't.  Whoever is in control of making changes to the page 
should be sufficient, even if they weren't the original author of the 
page.  Optimising for edge cases is not a reasonable thing to do.

Besides, if the aim is to check the how appropriate the alt text is for 
a page, then it doesn't matter what the HTML5 spec says.  Evaluating 
accessibility is a largely non-machine checkable exercise and trying to 
grind the conformance criteria down to a boolean yes/no answer that can 
be offered by a machine does little to improve accessibility.

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Lachlan Hunt - Opera Software
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