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Re: Null alt tags for decorative images - Technique H67

From: Steve Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 2 Nov 2011 21:55:44 -0700
Message-ID: <CA+ri+V=oGrrmu5YtA4BOStJELNJj+wxuxtSH-iaymhZSnvkmgw@mail.gmail.com>
To: Userite <richard@userite.com>
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Hi Richard,

the list of cases where an a null alt should be used in "HTML5: Techniques
for providing useful text alternatives" [1] may be helpful in understanding
why disallowing inline img elements with null attributes is not practical.

[1] http://dev.w3.org/html5/alt-techniques/#secm3


On 2 November 2011 14:14, Userite <richard@userite.com> wrote:

>   I am having real problems with a client who insist that certain images
> are decorative and can therefore be given a null alt tag as per H67. I can
> accept that a squiggly line or fancy text box border is decorative, but not
> a largish picture of a building (no particular building, just a museum type
> facade).
> I really think that it is time to remove H67 as a technique, either a
> non-text item such as an image should have a text equivalent, or it should
> not be imported by HTML but be treated as styling and imported via CSS so
> that it is totally ignored by screen readers etc. This way there is no need
> for subjective discussions.
> Any thoughts ?
> Richard
> Richard Warren
> Userite
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