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

From: Christophe Strobbe <christophe.strobbe@esat.kuleuven.be>
Date: Tue, 13 May 2008 11:50:25 +0200
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At 10:24 13/05/2008, Henri Sivonen wrote:

>On May 13, 2008, at 02:49, William Loughborough wrote:
>>Accessibility to the Web is the cornerstone of the World Wide Web,
>>not some bolted-on
>Actually, some accessibility features are built in and others are
>bolted on.
>Alt is one of the bolted on things. It's not politically correct, but
>as a WG we can't make good decisions if we pretend otherwise.

"Alt is one of the bolted on things."
This one goes straight to the hall of shame.

(The alt attribute is not perfect - being an attribute, it doesn't 
allow markup inside it - but it is not "bolted on".)

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