[whatwg] Definition of alt= attribute

Alexey Feldgendler alexey at feldgendler.ru
Thu Jan 19 04:18:16 PST 2006

On Thu, 19 Jan 2006 18:05:30 +0600, Anne van Kesteren  
<fora at annevankesteren.nl> wrote:

> That is because the "title" attribute is not important for the element  
> its
> _contents_. Without the "alt" attribute <img> becomes meaningless for  
> devices
> (and people) who can not interpreted images. Now I guess that in some  
> way no
> "alt" could have been designed to mean that there is no alternative  
> content,
> but that's not how it is. I believe UAs are free to make up alternate  
> content
> in such situations. By for example trying to get information from the  
> file
> name...

This sounds reasonable. I guess I should change my statement:

The alt attrubute should be made optional, and when it's omitted, the UA  
should try to obtain some useful information from the file name or by  
other means.

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