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Bug 6765 - Poor wording in General guidelines
Summary: Poor wording in General guidelines
Alias: None
Product: HTML WG
Classification: Unclassified
Component: pre-LC1 HTML5 spec (editor: Ian Hickson) (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: All All
: P2 normal
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Ian 'Hixie' Hickson
QA Contact: HTML WG Bugzilla archive list
Keywords: NoReply
Depends on:
Reported: 2009-04-03 09:02 UTC by Oliver Rigby
Modified: 2010-10-04 14:27 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Description Oliver Rigby 2009-04-03 09:02:08 UTC
Currently the wording under General guidelines is "The most general rule for writing alternative text is  that the intent is that replacing every image with the text of its alt attribute not change the meaning of the page."

It's probably been written in this way to avoid references to words in RFC2119, but in my opinion would be better written as "The general rule when writing alternative text is to consider that the intent is to allow every image to be replaced with the text of its alt attribute without changing the meaning of the page" would be clearer.
Comment 1 Ian 'Hixie' Hickson 2009-05-30 22:40:25 UTC
I've tweaked the text, though not quite in the way you suggest. Let me know if you think the new text is still problematic.
Comment 2 Maciej Stachowiak 2010-03-14 13:17:44 UTC
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