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RE: [html4all] ALT issue redux

From: John Foliot <foliot@wats.ca>
Date: Tue, 5 Feb 2008 10:33:42 -0800
To: "'HTML4All'" <list@html4all.org>, <wai-xtech@w3.org>
Message-ID: <008001c86825$a29bb050$242e42ab@stanford.edu>

Patrick H. Lauke wrote:

> It is backwards compatible because valid XHTML1 will always also be
> valid HTML5. Also, browsers that currently support XHTML1 won't choke
> on missing @alt. Backwards compatibility (and the "two serialisations"
> thing) doesn't mean that HTML5 can simply be converted down to XHTML1
> (in which case making a mandatory attribute optional *would* be a
> breach). 
> I'm not defending the decision to make @alt optional, mind...just
> working out the logic that lets HTML WG do it while still following
> the backwards-compatibility principle.

Gotcha - thanks Patrick.  Still feels regressive to me...
Received on Tuesday, 5 February 2008 18:33:54 UTC

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