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RE: disposition of ISSUE 30 cited in bug 10967 insufficient

From: John Foliot <jfoliot@stanford.edu>
Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2010 13:19:44 -0800 (PST)
To: "'Gregory J. Rosmaita'" <oedipus@hicom.net>, <public-html-a11y@w3.org>, <Paul.Cotton@microsoft.com>
Cc: <janina@rednote.net>, <mike@w3.org>, <rubys@intertwingly.net>, <mjs@apple.com>, <shelleyp@burningbird.net>
Message-ID: <010301cb90d4$4f0fc090$ed2f41b0$@edu>
I will spare you all another of *my* lengthy emails and simply state: "what 
Gregory said" +1

JF


> -----Original Message-----
> From: public-html-a11y-request@w3.org [mailto:public-html-a11y-
> request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Gregory J. Rosmaita
> Sent: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 12:36 PM
> To: public-html-a11y@w3.org; Paul.Cotton@microsoft.com
> Cc: janina@rednote.net; mike@w3.org; rubys@intertwingly.net;
> mjs@apple.com; shelleyp@burningbird.net
> Subject: disposition of ISSUE 30 cited in bug 10967 insufficient
>
> aloha, paul!
>
> i'm emailing this rather than adding to the specific bug you commented
> upon because the comment contained in the forwarded bug report below to
> be
> extremely misleading, for in making longdesc obsolete, the chairs
> left HTML5 without a verbose description mechanism, which does NOT
> address the underlying problem -- that HTML5 lacks a native means of
> providing verbose descriptors and that before a feature which was
> added to HTML4 expressly to enhance the accessibility of the web, which
> is an issue FAR larger than any single bug, and an issue which MUST be
> redressed before HTML5 can advance...
>
> in commenting on bug 10967, paul wrote, on behalf of the HTML WG
> chairs:
>
> ---------- Forwarded Message -----------
> From: bugzilla@jessica.w3.org
> To: public-html-a11y@w3.org
> Sent: Tue, 30 Nov 2010 20:05:59 +0000
> Subject: [Bug 10967] Add @desclink, a description link attr. for any
> embedded  element + figure
>
> http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=10967
>
> Paul Cotton <Paul.Cotton@microsoft.com> changed:
>
>            What    |Removed                     |Added
> -----------------------------------------------------------------------
> -----
>            Keywords|                            |WGDecision
>              Status|NEW                         |RESOLVED
>          Resolution|                            |WONTFIX
>
> --- Comment #8 from Paul Cotton <Paul.Cotton@microsoft.com> 2010-11-30
> 20:05:58 UTC ---
> This bug is directly related to Issue-30:
> http://www.w3.org/html/wg/tracker/issues/30
>
> The HTML WG co-chairs believe that this bug has been addressed by the
> WG's
> decision on ISSUE-30.
>
> /paulc
> on behalf of the HTML WG co-chairs
> UNQUOTE
>
> this is factually incorrect -- yes, the chairs decided not to use
> longdesc as a verbose descriptor for HTML5, but the chairs did NOT
> suggest a substitute or improved mechanism for providing a verbose
> descriptor mechanism for HTML5
>
> if QUOTE The HTML WG co-chairs believe that this bug has been addressed
> by the WG's decision on ISSUE-30. UNQUOTE then they are sadly mistaken,
> as there still exists a gaping hole in HTML5 that was plugged by
> LONGDESC in HTML4 -- requirements for a verbose descriptor mechanism
> for
> HTML5 has been logged as a bug and has been identified by the HTML
> A11y TF bug-triage team as a priority, for in their disposition of
> ISSUE 30, the HTML WG chairs failed to address the missing
> functionality
> in HTML5 due to the removal of LONGDESC
>
> http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=10853
>
> a fuller exploration of the issue and its potential solutions, plus
> use cases, research etc. can be found at:
>
> http://www.w3.org/WAI/PF/HTML/wiki/Verbose_desc_reqs
>
> from which bug 10853 was excerpted
>
> the failure of the HTML WG chairs to suggest or solicit a replacement
> for LONGDESC has already been the foundation of at least 2 notices of
> formal objections, and is a MAJOR issue blocking HTML5's progress to
> Last Call -- could the chairs PLEASE stop simply citing their
> decision on ISSUE 30 as "the final word", since it clearly is not
> the final word on the issue of providing verbose descriptor since
> such a mechanism is no longer part of HTML5 as per the chairs'
> decision on ISSUE 30
>
> thank you, gregory.
> --------------------------------------------------------------
> You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of
> focus.                                           -- Mark Twain
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> Gregory J. Rosmaita: oedipus@hicom.net
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