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Re: Candidate TF Resolution: ISSUE-80 Title

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2010 21:16:39 +0000 (UTC)
To: Janina Sajka <janina@rednote.net>
Cc: HTML Accessibility Task Force <public-html-a11y@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.64.1004132112480.23507@ps20323.dreamhostps.com>
On Tue, 13 Apr 2010, Janina Sajka wrote:
> RESOLUTION: The HTML-A11Y Task Force does not accept @title as a 
> substitute for @alt, in respect to document conformance.  We do support 
> the change proposal at 
> http://www.w3.org/html/wg/wiki/ChangeProposals/ImgElement20091203.

The specification does not allow title="" to be used as a substitute for 
alt="". I assume what this is referring to is the ability to use the 
title="" attribute to give the title of the image, but it's unclear why we 
would want to disallow that, since that's the whole point of the 

The only other alternative currently is <figcaption>. If we remove 
title="", then we would leave authors forced to use <figure> to include 
critical unknown images, which seems like bad language design.

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