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Re: alt attribute comments?

From: Steven Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Sep 2007 19:45:08 +0100
Message-ID: <55687cf80709231145m28d8cd5br4c974c2883333a09@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Anne van Kesteren" <annevk@opera.com>
Cc: www-archive@w3.org
Hi Anne,

 >Yeah, maybe a magic string would be better, but it seems rather ugly and
>wouldn't degrade well either.


I lost you here, what do you mean by "magic string" and why wouldn't it
degrade well?

On 23/09/2007, Anne van Kesteren <annevk@opera.com> wrote:
>
> On Sun, 23 Sep 2007 19:23:47 +0200, Steven Faulkner
> <faulkner.steve@gmail.com> wrote:
> > So in the process od building the tool you decided not to provide a
> > facility to add alt, so while conforming to the draft html 5 spec you
> > both failed to conform with ATAG and WCAG 1.0 for the tools output. I
> > suppose one will go to great lengths to prove a point :-)
>
> I needed something simple to share photos with family. This was reasonably
> simple for me to make and for them to go through.
>
>
> >> It's also not really clear to me what description would be
> >> adequate enough, but that's a separate issue.
> >
> > i think this is  somewhat spurious as people with half the skills that
> > you possess could provide a few words that would be a halfway decent
> > alt text, definitely better than none at all.
>
> Maybe. Not sure if I like halfway decent though :-)
>
>
> >> Correct. Note that this would be true for <img alt=""> as well except
> >> that there the end user does not know there's an image at all on the
> >> site and
> >> therefore can't ask software or maybe a real person to describe the
> >> image for him.
> >
> > For the most part the user won't know there is an image on the site with
> > no alt attribute as the AT dosn't inform the user of the images presence
> > when it has no alt  attribute (unless the image is the sole content of a
> > link). so won't be able to ask software or a person to describe the
> > image for them.
>
> Yeah, maybe a magic string would be better, but it seems rather ugly and
> wouldn't degrade well either.
>
>
> --
> Anne van Kesteren
> <http://annevankesteren.nl/>
> <http://www.opera.com/>
>



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Steve Faulkner
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