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

it's always possible <g>

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Christophe Strobbe" <>
To: "W3C WAI-XTECH" <>
Sent: Thursday, May 08, 2008 6:21 AM
Subject: Re: [html4all] HTML5 Alternative Text, and Authoring Tools

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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