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Re: Discussion: Text Alternative Survey

From: Laura Carlson <laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2010 20:23:23 -0500
Message-ID: <h2x1c8dbcaa1004231823l9faccfd7l45a119bcfd3bd348@mail.gmail.com>
To: Steven Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
Cc: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>, Dave Singer <singer@apple.com>, Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>, Matt Morgan-May <mattmay@adobe.com>, HTML Accessibility Task Force <public-html-a11y@w3.org>
Hi Steve,

> it discourages the use of the title attribute in this case as it is
> not up to the job.
> it encourages the use of semantic HTML that is up to the job.
> detailed reasons are provided in the change proposal
> http://www.w3.org/html/wg/wiki/ChangeProposals/ImgElement20091203

Thanks. The following is an attempt to incorporate your ideas into the
"title Attribute Is Not An Acceptable Text Alternative" section of the
Change Proposal [1]

<start new text>

The title attribute is not up to the job of providing a text
alternative. It's content is not displayed to the user unless they can
use a mouse and beforehand know that the content is there. The content
of the image title attribute is also often not detected by AT by
default unless the user makes an explicit choice in their preferences
to announce the attribute contents.

The set of options listed in the suggested text section of this
proposal uses semantic HTML that is up to the job. Further rationale
for removing title is detailed in the title attribute change proposal.

Authors are advised to only use the title attribute for "additional
information" and not as a full equivalent alternative. Removing title
would make the HTML specification in line with WCAG, and previous
authoring practices.

</end new text>

Does this work for you?  Thoughts everyone?

It would be good if Issue 80  could be decided before Issue 31. Maciej
and Paul, any chance of that happening?

Best Regards,

 [1] http://www.w3.org/html/wg/wiki/ChangeProposals/ImgElement20090126#title_Attribute_Is_Not_An_Acceptable_Text_Alternative
Laura L. Carlson
Received on Saturday, 24 April 2010 01:23:57 UTC

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