[whatwg] Alt text authoring Re: Conformance for Mail clients (and maybe other WYSIWYG editors)

Maciej Stachowiak mjs at apple.com
Wed Apr 18 16:13:08 PDT 2007

On Apr 18, 2007, at 11:56 AM, Charles McCathieNevile wrote:

> On Mon, 16 Apr 2007 10:32:10 -0400, Maciej Stachowiak  
> <mjs at apple.com> wrote:
>> I think it remains the case that for end-user generated content,
>> there will often be semantically meaningful images that are
>> meaningful in themselves and cannot be considered alternate
>> representations of some piece of text.
> Years of work on accessibility, and a particular focus on authoring  
> tools, suggests that while this is certainly true, There are lots  
> of good ways to enable authors to include an alternate. One of the  
> big frustrations I find with the web today is using assorted tools  
> like wikis and blogsto edit content, and not being able to put  
> useful content for alt where appropriate, and mark it explicitly  
> blank for other cases.

I do think that for blogs or wikis where you are publishing to the  
web audience at large, the editing tools should make it possible and  
ideally even easy to add alt text. Probably not a mail client though.


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