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RE: The alt="" attribute

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2008 22:34:07 +0000 (UTC)
To: John Foliot <foliot@wats.ca>
Cc: public-html@w3.org, 'W3C WAI-XTECH' <wai-xtech@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0808262231350.7044@hixie.dreamhostps.com>

On Tue, 26 Aug 2008, John Foliot wrote:
> The second comment concerns the alternative delivery methods proposed: 
> you cite @title, <legend> or heading as being the carriers that provide 
> the contextual information.  I would suggest that @longdesc also be 
> included in that list (the usefulness of @longdesc not yet being 
> disproven ) as well as @caption, and I am curious why other methods 
> (such as perhaps @role, or the ARIA labeledby/describedby) could not 
> also be added to the list - providing as many options as possible to 
> content authors allows for a more granular solution and makes it 
> "easier" for content authors to be conformant - clearly a stated goal 
> for HTML5.

The ARIA features are actually included in the list in a comment right 
now, I'm waiting for the ARIA spec to be better defined before going 
further with that. I don't think <caption> makes sense in this context, 
since it is explicitly captioning the table and not the image, but it has 
been suggested that maybe appropriate table headers could be used, and I 
will be looking at that shortly. longdesc="" would definitely be added to 
this list if it were in the draft; its presence is another issue that I 
will deal with separately. Another idea was <fieldset> <legend>, which I 
will also be looking at.

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