[whatwg] [WF2] - Suggestion - Make the "alt" Attribute implied for all elements.

Greg Kilwein gkilwein at fbsdata.com
Wed Jan 5 07:53:32 PST 2005

Jim Ley wrote:

>On Wed, 05 Jan 2005 09:19:17 -0500, Matthew Raymond
><mattraymond at earthlink.net> wrote:
>>...should look like this...
>><img src="image.png">
>>   What are everyone's thoughts on this?
>It makes quality assurance harder, since visual indication of alt is
>not obvious from testing, automated scripts are used which can easily
>ensure that no alt attributes that are needed are missed. Making it
>implied makes this harder.
>It also makes user agents that use the absense of an alt attribute a
>trigger for fix up behaviour unable to tell when it should carry out
>the fix up, either leading it to not bother attempting it or to
>attempt it so aggressively that it has to spend loads of time on doing
>it on each and every image.
I've never written automated scripts that test HTML pages, nor have I 
written a UA, but in my experience, I've never seen a UA that rejected a 
page because an <img> tag was missing an alt attribute.  So, in existing 
UAs, is it not already the case that alt is implied?

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