The a11y bugs project is a community effort to help browser/tool vendors prioritize bugs that undermine accessibility on the web. Our initial campaign is focused on fixing the 3 bugs that hinder the use of alternate text - the most basic and widely recognized accessibility problem on the web.
So, why aren't more people writing alternate text for images? The predominant reason seems to be that content authors cannot see how alternate text is used. Some browsers don't display alternate text, some display it in different ways, and one browser requires advanced configuration. We are proposing that these 3 bugs should be fixed so that all browsers use/display alternate text in a consistent way, based on Firefox, which has the best implementation.
The browser vendors of IE, Chrome, Safari and Opera want to see market demand before they will fix these 3 basic accessibility bugs. So let's provide that demand. Let's show them that web accessibility matters to us by signing your name below. Thank you!!!
Ed Freeman generously donated cartoon above.
The a11y bugs project is a grass roots advocacy effort to identify and fix bugs that undermine accessibility on the web.
More bug reports are in the works and will be live when we get a commitment from browser vendors to fix the 3 initial bugs.
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