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Bug 13733 - the area element and alternative text
Summary: the area element and alternative text
Alias: None
Product: HTML WG
Classification: Unclassified
Component: HTML a11y Task Force (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: PC All
: P2 normal
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: This bug has no owner yet - up for the taking
QA Contact: This bug has no owner yet - up for the taking
Keywords: a11y, a11y_text-alt
Depends on:
Blocks: 13590
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Reported: 2011-08-10 03:30 UTC by Michael[tm] Smith
Modified: 2016-04-07 15:22 UTC (History)
8 users (show)

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Description Michael[tm] Smith 2011-08-10 03:30:37 UTC

The Area Element

It states that if an area does not have an href then it cannot be
selected and thus does not require an alt attribute.  It is unclear how
that would comply with other requirements for alternative text on
images.  For example, imagine the areas in an image map represent rooms
in a house, but only the kitchen, living room and bedroom can be
selected, but there are also a bathroom, a dining room, and a library
represented in the image, which are not presently active.  Not providing
text representations of those rooms would be withholding information
from a user who does not have access to the image.  This would be
especially true if links from areas are dynamically generated.  It would
seem that having an area's text representation appear and disappear,
could be more disconcerting than having it always present, but with
appropriate indicators of whether it is an active link or an inactive
graphic.  Inactive areas could be kept out of the tab order though.
Also, a means would have to be provided for areas with empty alt
attributes from being placed in the tab order.  

[split out from bug 13590]
Comment 1 Ian 'Hixie' Hickson 2011-08-31 23:10:00 UTC
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Status: Rejected
Change Description: no spec change
Rationale: That would be bogus use of an image map. If you have a complicated graphic where it is important to give per-area textual alternatives, use SVG.
Comment 2 LĂ©onie Watson 2014-06-26 11:30:37 UTC
Moved to HTML A11y TF component.
Comment 3 Charles McCathieNevile 2016-04-07 15:22:51 UTC
moved to github