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Re: Flickr and alt

From: Patrick H. Lauke <redux@splintered.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2008 00:03:17 +0100
Message-ID: <48A9FFB5.7070406@splintered.co.uk>
To: David Poehlman <david.poehlman@handsontechnologeyes.com>
CC: Eric Eggert <w3c@yatil.de>, Jon Barnett <jonbarnett@gmail.com>, "Philip TAYLOR (Ret'd)" <P.Taylor@rhul.ac.uk>, Anne van Kesteren <annevk@opera.com>, James Graham <jg307@cam.ac.uk>, Steven Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>, Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>, W3C WAI-XTECH <wai-xtech@w3.org>, public-html@w3.org

David Poehlman wrote:

> I don't think a spec should require accessibility but neither should it 
> stiffle it's possibility.

So, as long as @alt is available, the possibility is there. Mandating 
@alt would not necessarily and automatically result in increased 
accessibility - in the same way that, even today, sites that perfectly 
validate to XHTML 1.0 or whatever are not necessarily accessible, or the 
same way that Word documents that perfectly pass spellchecking don't 
necessarily make any sense.

Patrick H. Lauke
re·dux (adj.): brought back; returned. used postpositively
[latin : re-, re- + dux, leader; see duke.]
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Co-lead, Web Standards Project (WaSP) Accessibility Task Force
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