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Re: Mandatory and Important

From: Dave Singer <singer@apple.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2008 15:50:29 +0200
Message-Id: <p06240825c4d47437d972@[]>
To: David Poehlman <david.poehlman@handsontechnologeyes.com>, Al Gilman <alfred.s.gilman@ieee.org>, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>
Cc: Doug Schepers <schepers@w3.org>, Karl Dubost <karl@w3.org>, W3C WAI-XTECH <wai-xtech@w3.org>

At 8:51  -0400 22/08/08, David Poehlman wrote:
>rough as it may seem, alt should be treated as any other attrib.  if it is
>missing, it is missing.

So, you prefer that it be optional.  Most people here disagree, alas.

>  Back to what tools/authors need to do is to avoid
>this as much as possible of they care about accessibility and if they don't
>care about compliance/conformance, it won't matter anyway.

And if they care about conformance and they care about accessibility? 
So they write alt="this is an image" so they pass mandatory attribute 
testing, but it's useless and conforming?

David Singer
Received on Friday, 22 August 2008 13:51:46 UTC

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