[whatwg] Alt text authoring Re: Conformance for Mail clients

Kornel Lesinski kornel at osiolki.net
Sun Apr 22 02:48:40 PDT 2007

On Sun, 22 Apr 2007 01:26:55 +0100, Jon Barnett <jonbarnett at gmail.com>  

> By "entirely omitted alt", do you still only mean WYSIWYG editors?  If  
> not, I agree.  The distinction would be as follows:
> (1) <img src="obvious.jpg" alt="obvious"> - This image represents text,
> particularly the word "obvious".  Lynx should replace it with the word
> "obvious" and do nothing else.
> (2) <img src="gallery2.jpg">  The image is part of the content and  
> doesn't represent text.  Lynx should indicate that the image is missing  
> and offer a way to download it

I'm a bit worried about this one - authors too often forget (or don't  
care) to add alt attribute, and this case gives it a different meaning.

I think that for (2) there should be either magic alt value or some way of  
specyfing that alt was intentionally omitted, and not forgotten (special  
classname? presence of title attribute?).

regards, Kornel Lesiński

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