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Re: Support Existing Content

From: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
Date: Thu, 3 May 2007 09:59:16 -0700
Message-Id: <390FB989-D29E-4FDE-993D-1D9070A0263B@apple.com>
Cc: HTML Working Group <public-html@w3.org>
To: Philip & Le Khanh <Philip-and-LeKhanh@Royal-Tunbridge-Wells.Org>

On May 2, 2007, at 1:13 PM, Philip & Le Khanh wrote:

> Maurice wrote:
> > Isn't it possible to use the object/embed tag to insert an image  
> and have
> > the fallback content/text within?
> >
> > <object src="photo.jpg">this is a photo</object>
> Yes : the real problem is that the prose is touching its
> forelock to accessibility (by pretending that the image is
> secondary to the text), whereas it really needs to be up-front
> and say that the image is primary, falling back to text if the
> image cannot be displayed for whatever reason.  Just as
> accessible, and infinitely more in line with reality.

I agree with your sentiment and commented along the same lines on the  
WHATWG list. One particular example is personal photographs - almost  
always when you show someone a photo you took, it is the primary  
content and can't be considered a mere alternative to some text. The  
text will be an imperfect substitute.

Received on Thursday, 3 May 2007 17:25:15 UTC

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