[html4all] any answers to a question posted on the webstandards group list?
chaals at opera.com
Thu Aug 30 07:29:52 PDT 2007
The answer to the question is that it has to satisfy WAI that its approach
to accessibility is reasonable and practical. As a sometime WAI member I
will be arguing that WAI is unlikely to accept anything that is a step
backwards from alt, and while it is possible to improve it the volume of
existing content and of existing guidance to use it means that it must be
supported even if there is a better approach proposed to replace it in the
future (like the case of img and object...)
On Thu, 30 Aug 2007 14:19:38 +0200, Debi Orton <oradnio at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Steve,
> Although I'd like to think that the HTML working group would make alt
> attributes mandatory because it's the right thing to do, at the very
> least the WCAG should be a compelling argument for doing it, as
> should US Section 508 and England's accessibility guidelines, not to
> mention all of the other jurisdictions (such as New York State,
> Kansas, North Carolina) that have required it.
> I'm pretty sure it was required in the Euro standards, too -- or at
> least in the draft I saw some time back.
> You might also want to check with the Mobile Web guidelines, because
> in instances where the display of images is turned off to speed
> download, I think that what you end up with is the alt attribute value.
> Debi Orton
> At 07:53 AM 8/30/2007, you wrote:
>> alastair campbell wrote:
>> "Does the HTML working group have to take into account accessibility
>> What I mean is, does it have to make alt mandatory because WCAG (any
>> version) does?"
>> with regards
>> Steve Faulkner
>> Technical Director - TPG Europe
>> Director - Web Accessibility Tools Consortium
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