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OBJECT content will always show

From: Al Gilman <asgilman@access.digex.net>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 1997 08:41:05 -0400 (EDT)
Message-Id: <199710101241.IAA20016@access4.digex.net>
To: w3c-wai-hc@w3.org (HC team)
Jason and Daniel, please note:

> 
> > I don't understand why plain text as content in an OBJECT doesn't
> > have the same problem with old browsers as plain text in the
> > content of a MAP.  I hope Dave can clarify this point. 
> 
> HTML 4.0 formally excludes OBJECT from occurring within PRE.
> As a result, text within an OBJECT element would be rendered
> as text within the BODY or P elements -- white space sequences
> including newlines mapped to a space character etc.
> 

As a result, I don't see how OBJECT gives us a conditional
hypertext block that gets inlined when the image is not displayed
and hidden when the image is displayed (but accessible to an
off-screen model by attribute query).

We may need to define both LONGDESC for a normally-minimized
(i.e.  displayed on the current page as a link, sometimes) HTML
resource and ALTSRC which is defined as an URL to be inlined in
lieu of the image when the image is not displayed.  We would then
have to change the completeness rules so that either ALT or
ALTSRC was required, not ALT is required regardless.

-- Al
Received on Friday, 10 October 1997 08:41:26 UTC

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