W3C home > Mailing lists > Public > public-html-a11y@w3.org > September 2010

Re: Proof of growth of acceptance/implementation - longdesc

From: Leif Halvard Silli <xn--mlform-iua@xn--mlform-iua.no>
Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2010 03:08:18 +0200
To: HTML Accessibility Task Force <public-html-a11y@w3.org>
Cc: Laura Carlson <laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com>, John Foliot <jfoliot@stanford.edu>, Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>, Paul Cotton <Paul.Cotton@microsoft.com>, Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
Message-ID: <20100922030818523820.52194d92@xn--mlform-iua.no>
Leif Halvard Silli, Wed, 22 Sep 2010 01:45:20 +0200:

> Laura, here are some info which I believe you haven't listed in your 
> research page:

More info, for you all:

7) Addfullsize.com [*] only adds to the lottery.
   [*] http://www.addfullsize.com/
   This is a completely new JQuery plug-in which is violently misusing 
@longdesc.

The plug-in is a result of a request to the editor (that is: Ian 
Hickson) for a full-size attribute for the <img> element in HTML5. 
[*][1] When he didn't get the attribute, he starting using  @longdesc 
instead. So now he spreads a JQuery and Wordpress plug-in which uses 
@longdesc to point to large size version of the image. The homepage 
lists 4234 signatures in support of either the plug-in and/or the 
@fullsize attribute.

I have asked him to stop - recommending him to use @data-fullsize 
instead.[2]

However, clearly, this demonstrates that the lack of validity and 
definition of @longdesc in HTML5 only serves to pollute @longdesc even 
more. The longer one sit waiting, the more contaminated @longdesc will 
become, and the more valid will the Longdesc Lottery argument become. 

[1] 
http://www.webappers.com/2009/04/01/fullsize-jquery-plugin-img-attribute-proposal/
[2] http://twitter.com/komputist/status/25168842439
-- 
leif halvard silli
Received on Wednesday, 22 September 2010 01:08:54 UTC

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.3.1 : Wednesday, 7 January 2015 15:05:14 UTC