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Re: Flickr and alt

From: David Poehlman <david.poehlman@handsontechnologeyes.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2008 12:38:15 -0400
Message-ID: <3F21FD6DE6E741A5956510B7528DFD0D@HANDS>
To: "Boris Zbarsky" <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>, "Philip TAYLOR" <P.Taylor@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
Cc: <public-html@w3.org>, "W3C WAI-XTECH" <wai-xtech@w3.org>

actually, david is a clutz who perhaps doesn't know how to spell precedent. 
I see that the meaning was not lost however <cackle!>

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Boris Zbarsky" <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>
To: "Philip TAYLOR" <P.Taylor@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
Cc: <public-html@w3.org>; "David Poehlman" 
<david.poehlman@handsontechnologeyes.com>; "W3C WAI-XTECH" 
Sent: Sunday, August 24, 2008 12:29 PM
Subject: Re: Flickr and alt

Philip TAYLOR wrote:
> That is a rather rude observation, Boris : if (as I believe)
> David is unable to see what he types, his speech synthesiser
> may well render "president" as aurally indistinguishable
> from "precedent".

Interesting.  That had not occurred to me, since in fact they are quite
aurally distinguishable in all the pronunciations I've heard.  If there
are others of which I was not aware, I apologize.

>  > [A]ll authors [1] must be forced (whether by civil laws or by
> authoring specifications) to produce only content that is accessible to
> all users [2].
> No, not "forced".  "Required", "expected", whatever.

These are different things, though.  I can accept "required", but
"expected" is not the same thing at all (should vs must in RFC-speak).
I stand by my statement that this is not a reasonable requirement.  I do
think it's a reasonable expectation.

> then no-one is planning to "force" that user to do otherwise,

I have heard several proposals that the spec require all UAs, including
graphical ones, not provide any rendering for <img> elements that lack
@alt.  So I'm not sure your statement is correct.  Not that I think
these proposals are going to go anywhere, but "no-one" is a stretch.

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