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Re: alt and authoring practices

From: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>
Date: Sun, 4 May 2008 11:19:32 +0300
Cc: HTML Working Group <public-html@w3.org>
Message-Id: <598196DE-0DAF-408A-8087-F3B35BD972D2@iki.fi>
To: Daniel Glazman <daniel.glazman@disruptive-innovations.com>

On May 4, 2008, at 11:01 , Daniel Glazman wrote:

> Henri Sivonen wrote:
>> How about a checkbox labeled "Purely Decorative" and a text field  
>> labeled "Textual Alternative" (if the checkbox is checked, disable  
>> text field and emit alt=""; if the checkbox is unchecked and text  
>> field empty, emit no alt attribute)?
> Because you think average editing tool users are going to understand
> that ??? Bwahaha, to say the least. No, that's not a workable solution
> for very average users.

Is expecting very average users to write useful textual alternatives  
workable, then?

When a user of Nvu doesn't provide a textual alternative to Nvu, is  
the result better or worse for the user experience of the page reader  
than Nvu omitting alt and letting UAs indicate the presence of an  
image in a self-consistent UA-specific way?

Henri Sivonen
Received on Sunday, 4 May 2008 08:20:19 UTC

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