[uf-discuss] RFC: Using <img>'s alt attribute for Microformats

brian suda brian.suda at gmail.com
Fri Dec 16 11:36:18 PST 2005

Robert Bachmann wrote:

>Scott Reynen wrote:
>>And my first inclination would be to give imageless humans something 
>>more readable by putting the machine data in the title attribute 
>>instead, e.g.:
>><img class="bday" src="today.png" alt="December 15, 2005" 
>>title="20051215T080000Z" />
>>This is sending three different types of data to three different  types
>>of readers.  src is for imaged humans, alt is for imageless  humans, and
>>title is for machines.  I understand the drawback of  further
>>complication, but the alternative seems to require authors to  choose
>>between usability and microformats.
>IMO it would be better to write:
><abbr class="bday" title="20051215T080000Z">
><img src="file..." alt="December 15, 2005" />
>This way you could have
>- img's src for the imaged users
>- img's alt for the imageless users
>- and abbr's title for users who think in 1's and 0's.
wouldn't that imply that ABBR is the abberviation of the IMG and not the
IMG alt? maybe that is one and the same thing?


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