Is Flickr an Edge Case? (was Re: HTML Action Item 54)

On May 23, 2008, at 3:56 PM, Matt Morgan-May wrote:

> On 5/22/08 10:33 AM, "Andrew Sidwell" <> wrote:
>>> Well then, making @alt optional in the edge case of Flickr or an  
>>> inkblot
>>> test is then moot.  Those edge cases will remain non-conformant,  
>>> and @alt as
>>> a mandatory requirement is a sealed deal, as optimising for edge  
>>> cases is
>>> not a reasonable thing to do.
>> Flickr is hardly an edge case.
> On the contrary: Flickr is the _ultimate_ edge case.

Flickr is an extremely popular site with millions of web pages. Look  
at the Alexa Global Top 500:

I see the following obvious photo sharing sites:

#26 Photobucket
#34 ImageShack
#39 Flickr
#57 Fotolog
#59 ImageVenue
#84 Metroflog

And the following social networks with photo galler features:

#6 Myspace
#8 FaceBook
#11 Orkut
#40 Friendster
#56 LiveJournal

Clearly photo sharing is one of the most popular activities on the  
web. It is not an edge case but rather a major use case that should be  
given significant consideration.


Received on Friday, 23 May 2008 23:57:45 UTC