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

From: Philip TAYLOR (Ret'd) <P.Taylor@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
Date: Thu, 15 May 2008 15:27:52 +0100
Message-ID: <482C4868.10107@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
To: Daniel Glazman <daniel.glazman@disruptive-innovations.com>
CC: Gez Lemon <gez.lemon@gmail.com>, Dave Singer <singer@apple.com>, HTML Working Group <public-html@w3.org>, W3C WAI-XTECH <wai-xtech@w3.org>

There are really only two options, if the user
refuses to provide ALT text :

1) Emit nothing.
2) Emit invalid HTML

Since users will abandon, in droves, tools
that implement option (1), only tools that
implement option (2) will survive natural

Daniel Glazman wrote:

> So conformance criteria for a tool include the possibility of non-
> conformance for output instances. I think the test suite for
> an authoring tool is going to be a bit of a syllogism.
>   tool A is conformant because it outputs conformant instances
>   but since it should also be able to output non-conformant instances,
>   conformance is nill. So it's conformant and non-conformant at the same
>   time.
> And I hope nobody has certification in mind !
Received on Thursday, 15 May 2008 14:28:47 UTC

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