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

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steve faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com> changed:

           What    |Removed                     |Added
           Priority|P2                          |P1
             Blocks|10066                       |

--- Comment #29 from steve faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>  2010-09-10 14:54:59 ---
(In reply to comment #28)
> (In reply to comment #25)
> > In HTML5 alt="" is mapped to role="presentation" so AT will no longer be able
> > to provide a choice to users as to whether they get an indication that an image
> > is present or not.
> Taking away an option for the user, is one side of it, indeed.  Is e.g. JAWS
> really going to do that? If they aren't, then role=_img_ on an <img> with empty
> @alt will work differently in JAWS compared with AT which _does_ map alt="" to
> role="presentation". See below.
> (In reply to comment #27)
> > (In reply to comment #26)
> > > So <img alt="" src="*"> as currently implemented maps to role="img", except
> > > that isn't (by default) announced?
> > 
> > in firefox and IE yes on windows . its not possible to check on the other
> > browsers as they don't expose the accessibility API information well.
> > 
> > In safari 5 on Mac OSX <img alt=""> is not exposed as an image.
> I believe that it is simple to test this, without a11y API info. Simply:
> 1. Insert an <img> with an empty alt="" and set it to role="img" into a page.  
>      (In other words <img src="*" role="img" alt="">.)
> 2. Check whether the role="img" causes the AT to announce the <img> to the
> user,
>      despite the empty @alt.
> In Safari 5 with VoiceOver, the above <img> is announced to the user. Not so in
> Jaws with IE. (Unless, of course, aria-labelledby="*" points to a label. which
> again means - VOILA - that it is incorrect to have role="presentation" as
> strong semantics for an <img> with empty alt=""! I'll open separate bug.) It
> seems to me that it is quite important to clarify whether VoiceOver or JAWS is
> correct w.r.t. exposing an <img> with empty alt="" and role="img".
> (That said, the opposite isn't true: setting <img alt="Foo" role="presentation"
> > does not make the AT read the @alt text.)
> PS: Doesn't this bug depend on bug 10666?

it does, I have added it to bug 10066.

my understanding is that voiceover (for example) relies solely on information
provided through the Mac accessibility API and does not use the HTML DOM, while
windows screen readers use both.

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