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Re: Proof of growth of acceptance/implementation - longdesc

From: Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis <bhawkeslewis@googlemail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2010 07:14:07 +0100
Cc: HTML Accessibility Task Force <public-html-a11y@w3.org>, 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>
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To: Leif Halvard Silli <xn--mlform-iua@xn--mlform-iua.no>
On 22 Sep 2010, at 02:08, Leif Halvard Silli wrote:
> However, clearly, this demonstrates that the lack of validity and 
> definition of @longdesc in HTML5 only serves to pollute @longdesc even 
> more.

How? Drew Wilson's misuse of "longdesc" is /premised/ on its validity ("longdesc is a completely valid image attribute") and he is aware of the correct definition ("is meant to contain a URL to a description of the image"): he's just choosing to ignore it.

http://www.addfullsize.com/

If anything, in this particular case, making "longdesc" non-conforming might have prevented its pollution since it would then not have been "completely valid". (Not that this is a good reason for making it non-conforming!)

All I see here is a good example of the need for "data-*".

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Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis
Received on Wednesday, 22 September 2010 06:14:44 UTC

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