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Re: HTML5 alt conformance criteria clarifications requested

From: Steven Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2008 08:32:54 +0100
Message-ID: <55687cf80808170032m162fa8a8x53e9a79028359de8@mail.gmail.com>
To: "James Graham" <jg307@cam.ac.uk>
Cc: "Ian Hickson" <ian@hixie.ch>, "W3C WAI-XTECH" <wai-xtech@w3.org>, "public-html@w3.org WG" <public-html@w3.org>

Thanks Jgraham,

As you are unsure about what the spec prescribes, as am I, it would be
very useful to get a ruling from the editor on how he intends the spec
to be interpreted in such 'real world' cases.


On 17/08/2008, James Graham <jg307@cam.ac.uk> wrote:
> Steven Faulkner wrote:
> > Hi Jgraham,
> >
> > So what i can glean from you have written is that in cases where the
> > image is the sole content of a link the use of the  term "photo page"
> > in plain text without the {} would be the most appropriate value for
> > the alt attribute (in the absence of  a 'real text alternative').
> > as against the title/description which is used in flickr currently.
> >
> > So coming back back to my original question: would the current usage
> > of the title/description by flickr be non conforming in HTML5?
> >
> >
>  My impression is that the way flickr uses alt/title on pages where the
> photo is a link generally conforms to the spec inasmuch as a user could
> probably deduce the function of the link from the alt text. However, their
> approach of using the photo title in alt may not be ideal since the alt text
> is rather unhelpful in "conveying the purpose of the link". It also fails on
> edge cases like photos that have no title and, in cases where no text other
> than the title is added, photos where the title is delimited by curly braces
> (or indeed cases where the username is appended and the title starts with a
> curly brace and the username ends with one, if such a thing is possible).
>  In cases where the photo is not a link, flickr is, as far as I can tell,
> not conforming per spec.

with regards

Steve Faulkner
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Director - Web Accessibility Tools Consortium

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