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Bug 13642 - Incorrect alt definition
Summary: Incorrect alt definition
Alias: None
Product: HTML WG
Classification: Unclassified
Component: HTML5: The Markup Language (editor: Michael(tm) Smith) (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: All All
: P2 normal
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Michael[tm] Smith
QA Contact: HTML WG Bugzilla archive list
Keywords: a11y, a11ytf, a11y_text-alt
Depends on:
Reported: 2011-08-03 21:30 UTC by Laura Carlson
Modified: 2012-10-06 12:42 UTC (History)
5 users (show)

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Description Laura Carlson 2011-08-03 21:30:16 UTC
In "HTML: The Markup Language" the current definition of alt reads:

alt = any value 
    The fallback content for the image.
Per working group decision alt is not "fallback". The new definition reads:

"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."
Comment 1 Michael[tm] Smith 2012-10-06 12:42:21 UTC
Hi Laura,

Thanks for the bug report. Now fixed in the source: