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[Bug 10481] Default role of <IMG> should be "img"

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--- Comment #18 from Joshue O Connor <joshue.oconnor@cfit.ie>  2010-09-09 11:21:25 ---
(In reply to comment #17)
> (In reply to comment #13)
> > What differences will there be in an AT user's experience when encountering
> > <img role=note> as opposed to when encountering a <img role=img>?
> Testing in VoiceOver on Mac OS X 10.5:
> A role="note" element is expected to have text or element children. Thus if you have <p role="note">Foo</p>, then VoiceOVer reads "Foo".

Note that if you had <p role="teapot">Foo</p>, the UA would probably read out
"Foo", unless the role is recognised by the UA it will just read out the
contents of the containing element.

> Wheras for an <img role="note" alt="Foo">, then there are no text or element
> children, and thus VoiceOver just stops reading.

Ok, that is to be expected.

> Whereas if you have <img alt="Foo."> or <img role="img" alt="Foo.">, then >"Foo" is read.

That is also to be expected, in HTML4, img==img.

The point is that this default is no longer defined the same way in HTML 5. It
makes sense to me that the role is defined in a similar way, for backwards
compatibility etc and that the element has the capability to take explicit
annotations at the authors discretion. The implementation can be modified by
UA/AT vendor.

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