ChangeProposals/first 2 paragraphs of definition of img

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Change Proposal: Definition of img

Editor: Gregory J. Rosmaita

Date: proposed to HTML TF 2010-11-11; Last Updated: 2010-11-23

Summary

The first two paragraphs of the definition of the img element should be changed to:

An img element represents an image.

The image given by the src attribute is the embedded content; the value of the alt attribute provides equivalent content for those who cannot process images or who have image loading disabled.

Rationale

This change proposal has been drafted as fulfillment of HTML WG ACTION-194: Draft a change proposal to issue 31 to update the definition of img element as per discussion at TPAC 2010 HTML WG Face2Face Meeting which has been superseded by HTML Accessibility Task Force Action-72.

Details

The first two paragraphs in the current definition of img state:

An img element represents an image.

The image given by the src attribute is the embedded content, and the value of the alt attribute is the img element's fallback content.

At the HTML WG's TPAC 2010 Face2Face meeting, agreement was reached that the first two paragraphs of the definition of img should be:

An img element represents an image.

The image given by the src attribute is the embedded content; the value of the alt attribute provides equivalent content for those who cannot process images or who have image loading disabled.