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Re: fear of "invisible metadata"

From: Charles McCathieNevile <chaals@opera.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2007 16:32:53 +0200
To: "Sander Tekelenburg" <st@isoc.nl>, public-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <op.tuheo3gdwxe0ny@widsith.local>

On Mon, 25 Jun 2007 15:39:49 +0200, Sander Tekelenburg <st@isoc.nl> wrote:

> At 14:54 +0200 UTC, on 2007-06-25, Simon Pieters wrote:
>> On Mon, 25 Jun 2007 14:09:48 +0200, Sander Tekelenburg <st@isoc.nl>

>>> And the spec's definition of <object> is rocket science to most  
>>> authors.
>> Not really. <img src=foo alt=fallback> -> <object
>> data=foo>fallback</object>
> Try to read the definition for <object> as if you're an average web  
> publisher and have never heard of it before.

Yeah, the HTML 4 spec makes it seem nightmarish. The fact the IE support  
for it is horrid (for simple things) meant that there was not much  
motivation to explain it, and people neveer really picked up on it.

And allowing the author to require a particular plugin to render the  
content it included was a big mistake.

All that said, it *may* be the easiest thing to use if we want an image  
that has better fallback. Depends on IE though. ChrisW?


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