[whatwg] <figure> semantics when there's no fallback content (was: A revamp of the alt="" attribute on <img> elements)

Simon Pieters zcorpan at gmail.com
Sat Aug 18 13:04:38 PDT 2007

On Thu, 16 Aug 2007 13:55:50 +0200, Simon Pieters <zcorpan at gmail.com>  

> On Wed, 15 Aug 2007 06:00:51 +0200, Ian Hickson <ian at hixie.ch> wrote:
>> The spec as it stands now makes a distinction between alt="" and no alt.
> How does no alt integrate with the semantics of <figure> in the fallback  
> case?

Thinking about it, <embed>, <video> and <audio> also don't have fallback  
content, but still the <figure> section assumes that there will be  
fallback content.

I would suggest that when the embedded content can't be used, and when  
there's no fallback content, the figure element still represents embedded  
content with a caption, so that e.g. users of HTML5-aware text-only  
browsers can read the caption and then download the embedded content to  
view in an external app.

Simon Pieters

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