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Re: Mandatory and Important

From: Dave Singer <singer@apple.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2008 15:51:37 -0700
Message-Id: <p06240809c4d8e64e4543@[]>
To: Al Gilman <alfred.s.gilman@ieee.org>
Cc: HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>, Doug Schepers <schepers@w3.org>, Karl Dubost <karl@w3.org>, W3C WAI-XTECH <wai-xtech@w3.org>

At 17:23  -0400 22/08/08, Al Gilman wrote:
>If the agent putting the markup together really doesn't have a clue 
>(not the Flickr case)
>then I don't really have a problem with it being absent and non-conforming.

I think this is a fundamental disconnect.

I rather fear we might have the following equation in play:

"There is a tool available at the syntax level for applying pressure 
to people to write their documents certain ways:  it is called 
syntactic conformance.  We need to apply pressure to get meaningful 
alt text provided for all images.  We should therefore use syntactic 
conformance checking."

The problem is that would be asking a syntactic conformance check to 
do a semantic function, and it doesn't work.

>No, it does have a text alternative for the image.

You lost me.  What does it (the UA) have (in this case: 
alt="auto-uploaded}")?  It has {auto-uploaded} or somesuch;  this is 
not an text alternative to the image itself.

David Singer
Received on Monday, 25 August 2008 22:52:52 UTC

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