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Re: Response to: ChangeProposals/DeprecateLongdesc

From: Janina Sajka <janina@rednote.net>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2011 19:00:10 -0400
To: Silvia Pfeiffer <silviapfeiffer1@gmail.com>
Cc: John Foliot <jfoliot@stanford.edu>, public-html-a11y@w3.org
Message-ID: <20110823230010.GF8391@sonata.rednote.net>
Silvia Pfeiffer writes:
> Note that your proposal strongly supports the move of @longdesc to the
> context menu, which in turn makes the availability of a @longdesc link
> much harder to discover for screen reader users because they have to
> open the context menu to find out, while @aria-describedby will just
> push the description at them. So, if anything, the discoverability
> argument is not going in your favor.
> 

This is not correct. It is expected AT will provide suitable mechanisms
to identify the availability of long desc, as indeed AT is able so to do
today as shown in the TF backed proposal:

http://www.w3.org/html/wg/wiki/ChangeProposals/InstateLongdesc/Implementation

The actual point of providing longdesc via a mechanism like the context
menu is to allow any user, not just AT users, to access this content.
This was an oft repeated criticism in earlier discussions. While not an
a11y requirement,it's certainly a usage the TF does not oppose. If the
WG wants longdesc to be sharable across all users, more power to the WG,
the TF has never objected to that.

Janina


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