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Re: HTML-A11Y Task Force Recommendation: ISSUE-31 Missing Alt

From: T.V Raman <raman@google.com>
Date: Mon, 10 May 2010 14:10:56 -0700
Message-ID: <19432.30304.671263.576561@retriever.mtv.corp.google.com>
To: jonas@sicking.cc
Cc: janina@rednote.net, rubys@intertwingly.net, mjs@apple.com, Paul.Cotton@microsoft.com, public-html@w3.org, public-html-a11y@w3.org, jbrewer@w3.org, plh@w3.org
Jonas, for what it's worth, I'd be supportive of keeping things
simple as defined in HTML4.

Jonas Sicking writes:
 > For what it's worth, I think both the change proposal from Laura [1]
 > and the current spec text, is too complicated and a degradation
 > compared to HTML4.
 > 
 > The 'alt' attribute is, as far as I can think of, the most successful
 > bolt-on accessibility attribute in any version of HTML. In part I
 > think this is due to the simple message we've conveyed to authors:
 > "All images require an alt attribute". I don't think any of the change
 > proposals (including the no-change change proposal) has demonstrated
 > that there is any problem that needs to be solved with that
 > recommendation from HTML4.
 > 
 > If no one else writes a change proposal to this effect, I hope I'll
 > have time to.
 > 
 > / Jonas
 > 
 > On Mon, May 3, 2010 at 5:02 PM, Janina Sajka <janina@rednote.net> wrote:
 > > The following consensus recommendation of the HTML A11Y Task Force (with objections) is
 > > hereby referred to the HTML Working Group pursuant to the Task Force
 > > consensus procedures at:
 > > http://www.w3.org/WAI/PF/HTML/consensus-procedures.html
 > >
 > > Recommendation: ISSUE-31 Missing Alt
 > >
 > > RESOLUTION: The HTML-A11Y Task Force supports the change proposal at
 > > http://www.w3.org/html/wg/wiki/ChangeProposals/ImgElement20090126
 > > to implement WAI Consensus Guidance that a missing text alternative should
 > > be an error in conformance checkers. We expect the error text will
 > > reference additional guidance on text alternatives in WCAG support
 > > materials.
 > >
 > > The Task Force notes that this change proposal implements the WAI CG
 > > Consensus Resolutions on Text alternatives in HTML 5:
 > > http://www.w3.org/2009/06/Text-Alternatives-in-HTML5.html
 > >
 > > Final Vote:
 > >
 > > On the WBS Survey:      21 voted "Yes"
 > >                         2 voted "No"
 > >
 > > 91% of Task Force members voting on this resolution
 > > via WBS voted to support it.
 > >
 > > Votes, Comments, and Objections Recorded Against This Recommendation  which were logged via WBS can be found at:
 > > http://www.w3.org/2002/09/wbs/44061/20040422_text-alt/results
 > >
 > > An additional Call for Consensus was issued via email:
 > > http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html-a11y/2010Apr/0290.html
 > >
 > > No additional objection was logged against this proposal via email:
 > >
 > > Further comments and discussion in email on this resolution can be found
 > > beginning at:
 > > http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html-a11y/2010Apr/0292.html
 > >
 > > In considering this discussion, the Task Force agreed it does not oppose
 > > a "missing" attribute, but did not wish to hold back its
 > > recommendation while such a mechanism is perfected. The Task Force will
 > > be pleased to consider such a perfecting proposal when one is offered.
 > >
 > > The Task Force approved this resolution without further objection during
 > > its regular teleconference on Thursday 29 April:
 > > http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html-a11y/2010Apr/0339.html
 > >
 > > Janina Sajka & Mike Smith, Task Force Co-Facilitators
 > >
 > > --
 > >
 > > Janina Sajka,   Phone:  +1.443.300.2200
 > >                sip:janina@asterisk.rednote.net
 > >
 > > Chair, Open Accessibility       janina@a11y.org
 > > Linux Foundation                http://a11y.org
 > >
 > > Chair, Protocols & Formats
 > > Web Accessibility Initiative    http://www.w3.org/wai/pf
 > > World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
 > >
 > >
 > >

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Best Regards,
--raman

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