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Re: Baby Steps or Backwards Steps?

From: James Graham <jg307@cam.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2007 19:11:09 +0100
Message-ID: <46C4933D.2080705@cam.ac.uk>
To: "Gregory J. Rosmaita" <oedipus@hicom.net>
CC: HTML Working Group <public-html@w3.org>, wai-xtech@w3.org, scott lewis <sfl@scotfl.ca>

Gregory J. Rosmaita wrote:
> scott lewis wrote, quote:
> For example, what is the following image of? 
> File Name: IMG20674.JPG 
> Size: 1024 x 768 pixels 
> Title: This was awesome! 
> Tags: vacation06 
> Automatically generated @alt: "This was awesome! - IMG20674.JPG" 
> I can't imagine anyone presented with that would be able to determine   
> that the image is a picture of a humpback whale breaching the surface   
> off the coast of California. Not even in the vaguest terms. 

> how many bytes does that simple descriptor take compared to the 
> picture itself?

I think you've missed the point; I believe Scott was not comparing "no alt" to 
"useful alt text" but comparing "no alt" to "auto-generated alt-text that 
contains meaningless information (the filename) or information repeated from the 
main content".

"Eternity's a terrible thought. I mean, where's it all going to end?"
  -- Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
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