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Updated ISSUE-206 CP

From: Edward O'Connor <eoconnor@apple.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2012 14:54:50 -0700
To: public-html@w3.org
Message-id: <m2628bhpw5.fsf@eoconnor.apple.com>
Hi all,

I've updated my Change Proposal for ISSUE-206 (meta-generator) based on
all the great discussion that's happened on the list since I originally
posted it. As before, the Change Proposal is on the WG's wiki here:

         http://www.w3.org/html/wg/wiki/User:Eoconnor/ISSUE-206

Many people commented that calling the attribute relaxed="" is
problematic, and several other names have been propsed. Based on the
design princples in [1], the analysis in [2], and other emails on the
subject, I've changed the proposed attribute's name to
generator-unknown-alt="".

On the plus side, this name is more concise than the very-long
generator-unable-to-provide-required-alt="", and it conveys several
important facts:

1. the fact that the generator has omitted alt="",
2. that the reason the generator omitted alt="" is that proper alt=""
   text is unknown to the generator,
3. and, unlike relaxed="", the name doesn't imply that this feature
   could be used for other cases of relaxed validation.

On the minus side, it's longer than relaxed="".

I haven't altered the Change Proposal with regard to conformance checker
behavior. As before, conformance checkers MAY report <img> elements
without alt="" even when they have generator-unknown-alt="", but the
Change Proposal does not advocate any particular UI for this. I trust
Mike and Henri will come up with something better than what I would come
up with.


Ted

1. http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-whatwg-archive/2012Aug/0004.html
2. http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-whatwg-archive/2012Aug/0038.html
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