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

From: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>
Date: Thu, 15 May 2008 10:58:12 +0300
To: John Foliot <foliot@wats.ca>
Message-Id: <8C1DD63C-8FA2-45BD-A78B-C90FFA3CFAB4@iki.fi>
Cc: "'Christophe Strobbe'" <christophe.strobbe@esat.kuleuven.be>, <wai-xtech@w3.org>, "'Dan Connolly'" <connolly@w3.org>

On May 15, 2008, at 03:23, John Foliot wrote:

>> (Aside: alt is also bolted on in the sense that it wasn't part of the
>> original design of the <img> element.)
> Uhm... I (and history) disagree:
> Since HTML 2, the @alt attribute has been part of the specification,
> although in 2 and 3.2 it was not mandatory.  See:
>  http://www.w3.org/MarkUp/html-spec/L2Pindex.html#IMG (HTML 2)
>  http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html32#img (HTML 3.2)
> ...and Dan Connolly was the author of record for the W3C html 1  
> spec... Dan,
> correct me if I'm wrong but <img> was not part of that spec was it?

The original design was what the Mosaic guys had first, and it came  
before any spec. The first spec draft that I'm aware of is this:

Henri Sivonen
Received on Thursday, 15 May 2008 07:59:05 UTC

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