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Re: HTML Action Item 54 - ...draft text for HTML 5 spec to require producers/authors to include @alt on img elements.

From: Dave Pawson <dave.pawson@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 13 May 2008 13:59:03 +0100
Message-ID: <711a73df0805130559p6fa5d822qe2cc6e5f9d45368b@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Andrew Sidwell" <w3c@andrewsidwell.co.uk>
Cc: "W3C WAI-XTECH" <wai-xtech@w3.org>, wai-liaison@w3.org

2008/5/13 Andrew Sidwell <w3c@andrewsidwell.co.uk>:

>  I would be happy if someone (or several someones) in favour of making alt
> mandatory in all cases would answer very simply: How does a blind
> photographer mark up a photo, which is known to be critical content, but
> which she herself cannot describe?

>  Furthermore, should a blind photographer who cannot provide alt text be
> able to author conforming HTML5?  (I ask this without prejudice; maybe the
> answer should be no.)
>  This is essentially what "handling the use case" would consist of. Guidance
> needs to be given in cases like these-- "cases that result in important data
> and/or data relationships not being provided", whether you want to
> accommodate them within the spec or not.

Let's accept this as reasonable. A minority case, but reasonable.
I too would love to hear from a blind photographer.

Andrew later states:

>  As a photographer, I do not have the time or the money to pay someone else
> to have the time to provide anything resembling alternate text for 99% of my
> photos.

So... you expect a blind photographer to do it, but you can't be bothered.

Your logic isn't Andrew.


Dave Pawson
Received on Tuesday, 13 May 2008 12:59:43 UTC

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