Re: Propose adoption of the term "text alternative" (as defined in WCAG 2.0) in HTML5

Profuse apologies for not making myself clear.

I thought that the apparent  synonymous nature of the terms "text
alternative" and "alternative text"
was apparent.

The term "alternative text" is used in the spec, so (can HTML the
working group) take the proposal as referring to the term "text
alternative" being adopted as the  definition of "alternative text".

see ya!

On 15/04/2008, Ian Hickson <> wrote:
> On Tue, 15 Apr 2008, Steven Faulkner wrote:
>  >
>  > Currently the HTML5 specification does not define what a "text
>  > alternative" for a non text objects is.
> That's because the term "text alternative" never appears in the HTML5
>  spec. The spec does go to extreme lengths to describe what value the "alt"
>  attribute must have, however, as well as defining what the attribute is
>  for. It's not clear to me what exactly you want defined.
>  --
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with regards

Steve Faulkner
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