W3C Object draft; ideological/semantic issue

I just realized that in the examples for JAVA applets included in the
OBJECT draft <URL:http://www.w3.org/pub/Markup/TR/WD-object.html> the
examples contain "descriptions" that run sort of like "your client does
not know how to execute Java applications".  I was wondering whether
something along the lines of "" would be better.  Simply hiding it from
those who cannot derive any use from it.  Or better yet "Cream puffs in
the wind" for a little applet that has those words scrolling around the
document (presuming such a thing serves any purpose at all).

What I'm concerned about is that the examples as they stand legitimize
such statements as "Your browser doesn't support java, get the
latest-greatest-browser 54.36 beta NOW!".  Which is something we've been
considering here for a while as well.  I don't think we need to encourage
such statements.  Even something like "Some useful alternative text here"
would be better than "Your client does not support java applications". 

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Received on Saturday, 19 October 1996 14:40:16 UTC