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Re: 2.0.3 - bug or feature

On Thu, 14 Sep 2000, Denis Barbier wrote:

> > I'm not sure, whether _automatically_ adding ALT="" is a good
> > idea, because if I want to give an ALT attribute, I do so (for
> > example when using a transparent 1x1 GIF ALT="" usually is a good
> > idea because on a non graphic browser I do not want any
> > information about this GIF shown), but if I do not explicitly
> > enter an ALT attribute this usually means, that I simply _forgot_
> > to enter it.  In this situation I prefer a non graphic browser to
> > show the image file name instead of nothing (the latter may happen
> > with an automatically added ALT="").

> Roland, WML 2.0.3 contains ``Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
> 1.0'' also available at http://www.w3.org/TR/WAI-WEBCONTENT

Okay, I have to admit, that I didn't read this document in whole, but
as far as I can see, this document doesn't suggest to use alt="" or
summary="" but to provide _information_ with these attributes.  alt=""
or summary="" can be an information (for example to show that this
image or table is for graphical layout purpose only), but when they
are created automatically, this information isn't intended (if I don't
give an alt attribute, this only means, that I missed to add this
attribute, but it doesn't mean that this is a layout image or an image
without any contents; same with table summary="").

> I try to follow those guidelines, if you believe they are wrong,
> please tell the W3C ;-)

I'm not sure, whether the automatically adding these null-attributes
is in the sense of this guidelines...



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