[uf-discuss] hReview feedback
qidydl at gmail.com
Wed Jan 18 10:56:54 PST 2006
> They should lean towards plain English, but the results just seem very
> dissatisfying. This is why I pointed to the date-principle where the
> visible text is human readable and the Title attribute contained information
> that was more machine readable than human. As the Title/Alt attribute is
> likely to almost solely be parsed by machines, it may be prudent to follow
> the same course of action.
You're heading in a dangerous direction here. The alt attribute of an
image is most definitely supposed to be data intended for humans, and
in fact may change depending on what sort of image is displayed ("2
out of 5 stars" vs. "2 thumbs up", etc.). See
http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/struct/objects.html#adef-alt for more.
The last example preserves the ability for users to provide their
own, correct alt text for an image in whatever format they choose,
while also adding a place for machine-parseable content. The choice
of element and format of the content are still debatable.
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