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Re: Text description for @poster (was RE: CP, ISSUE-30: Link longdesc to role of img [Was: hypothetical question on longdesc])

From: Silvia Pfeiffer <silviapfeiffer1@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2012 11:46:49 +1100
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To: Léonie Watson <lwatson@nomensa.com>
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On Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 6:47 PM, Léonie Watson <lwatson@nomensa.com> wrote:
> Silvia Pfeiffer wrote:
> "Actually, that's not the case. A sighted user will not be able to distinguish the two either. For the sighted user the "misleading"
> image is the video. There is no other image presented. It is just that picture with the video controls rendered on top."
>        So if I were to ask a sighted person to describe what they were looking at, they might say something like: "A place holding image above some video controls". If I were to ask them to describe the image, do you think they would explain what the video was about, or tell me what the image looked like?

Different people would likely describe different things. Just like
different people will likely give you different information in an
<img> @alt tag. I can tell you what I would say: namely something
about what the image infers about the video. But I'm sure others will
say different things. I'm not sure, therefore, that a discussion about
exact wording in the attribute is actually helpful. Whatever the
person would say would in any case imply that it is related to the

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