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Opened 3 years ago

Closed 3 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:


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 3 years ago.
21176.2.2.diff (372 bytes) - added by mikehansenme 3 years ago.

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Change History (17)

#1 @SergeyBiryukov
3 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".

#2 @alecrust
3 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?

#3 @scribu
3 years ago

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

3 years ago

changed "Alternate" to "Alternative"

#4 @RyanJKoehler
3 years ago

  • Keywords has-patch added; needs-patch removed

#5 @SergeyBiryukov
3 years ago

  • Milestone changed from Awaiting Review to 3.5

#6 @ryan
3 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.


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.

#7 @alecrust
3 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 3 years ago by alecrust (previous) (diff)

#8 @lessbloat
3 years ago

Looks good. Ready for commit.

#9 @helenyhou
3 years ago

  • Keywords commit added

#10 @nacin
3 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.

#11 @SergeyBiryukov
3 years ago

  • Resolution fixed deleted
  • Status changed from closed to reopened

#12 @mikehansenme
3 years ago

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

#13 @nacin
3 years ago

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

#14 @nacin
3 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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