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[Bug 8404] Refocus the figure element back to being a figure

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Date: Mon, 30 Nov 2009 23:54:21 +0000
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--- Comment #24 from Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>  2009-11-30 23:54:20 ---
(In reply to comment #19)

> 
> Gavin, those are images of tables, pulled into the book as either TIFs or PNGs. 
> 
> The data is not accessible as a table.
> 
> If you all want to include JPEGs of tables in img elements, that's cool. You
> can put anything you want into an image file.

I think it would be a terrible message to send if we tell HTML authors that the
only way to include text or tabular data in a figure is to turn it into an
image. Text on the Web should be marked up as text whenever possible, even if
it is serving a largely graphical purpose. Ditto for tabular data. Turning text
or tables into images is bad for accessibility, indexability, find-in-page
features, copy/paste. It's an anti-pattern. If restricting <figure> would have
this effect on HTML authoring then we absolutely should not do it.


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