[community] An odd Chrome issue with ALT attributes, with implications for accessibility audits and AT

Ambrose Li al12si at student.ocadu.ca
Wed Apr 5 17:11:32 UTC 2017

On Tue, 2017-04-04 at 16:55 +0000, Harnum, Alan wrote:
> I just opened this issue with the Chromium team after it surfaced in
> some of the auditing work done by the IDRC's WebSavvy team: https://b
> ugs.chromium.org/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=708192 - sharing here in
> case others encounter it.
> Given source image tag HTML such as '<img src="sunCat.jpg" alt=""
> />', recent builds of Chrome renders this as '<img src="sunCat.jpg"
> alt />' (disparity is easiest to see using the developer tools
> element inspector). This appears to happen on both Windows and Mac,
> and is also present on Safari on Mac.

How far back did the auditing go? I don't remember ever seeing Chrome
not do this, so I doubt it's just "recent builds".

In any case, this also affects Linux. As I mentioned this has always
been what I remember observing so it must have been present in then-
already-old builds when I switched back to Linux 1.5 years ago.

Ambrose Li <al12si at student.ocadu.ca>

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