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Re: Mandatory and Important

From: David Poehlman <david.poehlman@handsontechnologeyes.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2008 10:05:39 -0400
Message-ID: <61C93F48B25444EA91F0F1E591CA5B11@HANDS>
To: "Al Gilman" <alfred.s.gilman@ieee.org>, "HTML WG" <public-html@w3.org>, "Dave Singer" <singer@apple.com>
Cc: "Doug Schepers" <schepers@w3.org>, "Karl Dubost" <karl@w3.org>, "W3C WAI-XTECH" <wai-xtech@w3.org>

not optional, missing.  If it is missing it breaks spec but is still missing 
so tools/authors need to fix it so that it is not missing.  The {} for 
instance was the hack to prevent missing.  I am saying that it should be 

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Dave Singer" <singer@apple.com>
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>
Sent: Friday, August 22, 2008 9:50 AM
Subject: Re: Mandatory and Important

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 14:06:21 UTC

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