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Insight into the assumption that informs the HTML5 editors thinking on what constitutes an appropriate text alternative

From: Steven Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2008 12:42:01 +0100
Message-ID: <55687cf80808220442n96b0605sa7380934745af63b@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Ian Hickson" <ian@hixie.ch>, "public-html@w3.org WG" <public-html@w3.org>
Cc: "W3C WAI-XTECH" <wai-xtech@w3.org>, wai-liaison@w3.org

The assumption [1] that informs the normative and informative
statements in the current HTML5 spec in regards to alt, does not take
into account a primary use case for consumers of text alternatives.

AT's such as JAWS and Window Eyes inform a user of an images presence
when an image receives virtual focus:

<img alt="some text">

announces: "graphic some text"

[1] http://krijnhoetmer.nl/irc-logs/whatwg/20080822#l-271

# [11:12] <hsivonen> Hixie: there's a chance that your assuption that
alt text should make sense when flattened as part of surrounding prose
isn't the right assumption
# [11:13] <hsivonen> Hixie: and that users would be better off getting
cued that a piece of text is an alt digression from the surrounding
prose and doesn't need to flow nicely into the paragraph
# [11:13] <Hixie> there's always a chance that i'm wrong on many things :-)
# [11:14] <Hixie> well i don't know about AT users, but at least from
the point of view of a Lynx/Links user (which I am regularly), I
certainly wouldn't want to be told whenever there's an image, i just
want the image replaced with the text

with regards

Steve Faulkner
Technical Director - TPG Europe
Director - Web Accessibility Tools Consortium

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