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Re: [html4all] HTML5 Alternative Text, and Authoring Tools

From: Christophe Strobbe <christophe.strobbe@esat.kuleuven.be>
Date: Thu, 08 May 2008 12:21:52 +0200
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To: W3C WAI-XTECH <wai-xtech@w3.org>

At 15:01 2/05/2008, Smylers wrote:
>However, for all sites which are currently valid HTML 4 -- that is, they
>provide genuine alt text -- the requirements are exactly the same in
>HTML 5; that alt text is still mandatory.  There is no option for the
>author to omit it.

There is a loophole in the requirements. The spec says:
"When it is possible for alternative text to be provided, (...), text 
that conveys can serve as a substitute for the image must be given as 
the contents of the alt attribute."

"When it is possible" is too subjective and I doubt that it meets W3C 
QA guidelines, as I explained at 

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