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

From: Geoffrey Sneddon <foolistbar@googlemail.com>
Date: Thu, 15 May 2008 18:00:54 +0100
Cc: Daniel Glazman <daniel.glazman@disruptive-innovations.com>, 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>
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To: Philip TAYLOR (Ret'd) <P.Taylor@Rhul.Ac.Uk>

On 15 May 2008, at 15:27, Philip TAYLOR (Ret'd) wrote:

> 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
> selection.

There's a third option, which is the status quo: output an empty alt  
attribute. They'll keep doing that. It will keep the tool's output  
passing machine checkable conformance criteria (and people will leave  
it if it doesn't), but it still doesn't help accessibility.

Geoffrey Sneddon
Received on Thursday, 15 May 2008 17:01:33 UTC

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