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

Hello Mike,
I echo your statements and am of the same mind.  

> Responding, here, as a  totally blind web content 
> consumer and not as a member of the IBM Human Ability & Accessibility 
> Center, you can put all of the alt tags on flickr that you desire - I'm 
> still not going to visit  it because photos are inheritly visual entities.
>For the dozen or so  photos that have received thousands of views (and 
> that, presumably,  resemble the news 
> broadcast rather than the private telephone call), 100 or 150 characters 
> of alt text is not going to make the photo any more useful to me. Are we 
> next going to  suggest that all of the songs available on the web need  
> closed caption so  that deaf folks can enjoy them, too?  As someone who is
> blind, I realized  a long time  ago that photography, driving, and 
> painting are endeavors in which I am  simply not going to engage and I
>think it  detracts from the conversation  about the real  utility of alt to
> concentrate on what I see as, indeed, an edge case. Of 
> course, I am only one person and I'm sure that many of my colleagues and 
> fellow PWDs  will vehemently disagree with me.

--> Mike Squillace
IBM Human Ability and Accessibility Center
Austin, TX


Sailesh Panchang
Accessibility Services Manager (Web and Software)
Deque Systems Inc. (
11130 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite #140,
Reston VA 20191
Phone: 703-225-0380 (ext 105)
Cell 571-344-1765

From: "Michael A Squillace" <>
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Sent: Tuesday, May 27, 2008 8:59 AM
Subject: Re: Is Flickr an Edge Case? (was Re: HTML Action Item 54)

Reposting as not sure msg made it through first time....

I must admit that I'm a little staggered at the amount of conversation 
flickr has produced with regard to alt tags. 

Received on Tuesday, 27 May 2008 15:43:58 UTC