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

Sander Tekelenburg st at isoc.nl
Sun Apr 22 13:44:10 PDT 2007

At 07:45 +0200 UTC, on 2007-04-22, Charles McCathieNevile wrote:

> On Thu, 19 Apr 2007 15:43:14 +0200, Thomas Broyer <t.broyer at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 2007/4/19, Matthew Paul Thomas:
>> Thunderbird allows you to set 'alt' ...
>> When you drag/drop an image into a message, the default is alt="".
> Setting a default of alt="" is bad behaviour

Indeed. As is careless reuse of previously entered data. See ATAG checkpoint
3.4: <http://www.w3.org/TR/ATAG10/#check-no-default-alt>


> The application should simply leave out the alt attribute. This makes it
>trivially easy to build a repair application where one is required or
>desired, and has no practical drawback if the error is left in (given the
>state of HTML email standardisation...).

Given that given that might be the best approach, yes.

Sander Tekelenburg
The Web Repair Initiative: <http://webrepair.org/>

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