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Opened 3 years ago

Closed 2 years ago

#21176 closed defect (bug) (fixed)

"Alernate Text" should be "Alt" or "Alternative"

Reported by: alecrust Owned by: nacin
Milestone: 3.5 Priority: normal
Severity: minor Version: 3.4.1
Component: Media Keywords: easy-fix has-patch commit
Focuses: Cc:

Description

The media uploader provides an "Alternate Text" field which populates the image's "alt" attribute.

The word "alternate" means "to occur in turn repeatedly". This is incorrect usage of this word.

"alt" is abbreviated from the word "alternative", so this field's label should read "Alt Text" or "Alternative Text".

Source: http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20-TECHS/H37

Attachments (3)

21176.diff (1.4 KB) - added by RyanJKoehler 3 years ago.
changed "Alternate" to "Alternative"
21176.2.diff (377 bytes) - added by SergeyBiryukov 2 years ago.
21176.2.2.diff (372 bytes) - added by mikehansenme 2 years ago.

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Change History (17)

comment:1 @SergeyBiryukov3 years ago

  • Keywords needs-patch easy-fix added

We already have "Alt Text" in the help text under the input, so I guess it should be "Alternative Text".

comment:2 @alecrust3 years ago

Agreed, as long as "Alternative Text" fits in the space nicely :)

Shall I create a fork on GitHub or just leave this case to be resolved by one of you guys?

comment:3 @scribu3 years ago

The WordPress repo on github is just a mirror. Development happens here, so you can upload a patch, if you want.

@RyanJKoehler3 years ago

changed "Alternate" to "Alternative"

comment:4 @RyanJKoehler3 years ago

  • Keywords has-patch added; needs-patch removed

comment:5 @SergeyBiryukov3 years ago

  • Milestone changed from Awaiting Review to 3.5

comment:6 @ryan3 years ago

It also means "A person who acts as a deputy or substitute" which is obviously the meaning intended when the specs used to say "alternate text" everywhere.

http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/struct/objects.html#h-13.8

These days the specs like to say "text alternatives". Of course this is UI, not a spec, so we don't have to use the same language. So, yeah.

comment:7 @alecrust3 years ago

I believe that usage of the word "alternate" is American-English specific and therefore not appropriately universal. Perhaps that's why they no longer use it that way in the spec.

Last edited 2 years ago by alecrust (previous) (diff)

comment:8 @lessbloat2 years ago

Looks good. Ready for commit.

comment:9 @helenyhou2 years ago

  • Keywords commit added

comment:10 @nacin2 years ago

  • Owner set to nacin
  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from new to closed

In [21917]:

It is 'Alternative Text', not 'Alternate Text'. props alecrust, RyanJKoehler. fixes #21176.

@SergeyBiryukov2 years ago

comment:11 @SergeyBiryukov2 years ago

  • Resolution fixed deleted
  • Status changed from closed to reopened

@mikehansenme2 years ago

comment:12 @mikehansenme2 years ago

My bad just realized there was an updated patch... ignore mine.

comment:13 @nacin2 years ago

Ah yes, we fixed this in wp-langs.php for non-English, but not wp-langs-en.js.

comment:14 @nacin2 years ago

  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from reopened to closed

In 22996:

Alternative Text, not Alternate Text. props SergeyBiryukov. fixes #21176.

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