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Re: ARIA roles added to the a element should be conforming in HTML5.

From: Aryeh Gregor <Simetrical+w3c@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 9 Nov 2009 17:07:59 -0500
Message-ID: <7c2a12e20911091407q5cb75625rcb6e4ef08dc03c08@mail.gmail.com>
To: John Foliot <jfoliot@stanford.edu>
Cc: Lars Gunther <gunther@keryx.se>, Leif Halvard Silli <xn--mlform-iua@xn--mlform-iua.no>, HTMLWG WG <public-html@w3.org>
On Mon, Nov 9, 2009 at 3:21 PM, John Foliot <jfoliot@stanford.edu> wrote:
> Now what? We've just created a scenario where _reducing_ accessibility
> improves conformance results - what's wrong with *that* picture?

The same is true for alt="".  If an author creates a page with an
<img> that imparts meaningful content, and uses no alt attribute, then
the validator will complain.  A demonstrably common response is to
just add empty alt text, or useless nonsense, to shut up the
validator.  This will likely reduce the accessibility of the page --
e.g., a screen reader will probably mention an image with no alt text,
but would likely not say anything if it has empty alt text (I think).
What should the validator say instead to reduce this problem?
Received on Monday, 9 November 2009 22:08:39 UTC

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