Re: WCAG2 comment 2615

This sounds a lot like the old "spacer" and "bullet" alt text issue.  

It basically telling the user there is information available to other users but not to you.  This information may be other parts of the web page, but maybe not.

If there is no text equivalent, I don't think we should provide repair text.  


---- Original message ----
>Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2008 09:08:23 -0400
>From: Al Gilman <>  
>Subject: WCAG2 comment 2615   
>To: " WAI-XTECH" <>
>WCAG WG has requested help from PFWG in responding to the following  
>I propose aligning with the HTML5 draft by saying that an image be
>marked as omissible from non-visual rendering if it illustrates what
>the surrounding prose already says.
>I propose aligning with the HTML5 draft by saying that if the
>generator of markup does not have a text alternative available, it
>should use the natural-language expression describing the kind of
>content (to the precision known to the generator) as the text
>alternative and use a mechanism provided by the host format for
>marking the text as not really being a text alternative but an
>indication of what kind of non-text content is in question.
>discussion and status in WCAG:
>I'm opening this thread on XTECH because WCAG works on the public  
>record, and
>to have a cross-group conversation to explore issues and options.
>Formal feedback will be based on consensus among the PFWG  
>participants, but
>we welcome input by discussion here.
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