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Re: 48-Hour Consensus Call: ARIA-DescribedAT & Longdesc

From: Laura Carlson <laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Apr 2012 06:21:02 -0500
Message-ID: <CAOavpveu_=POTdb25hKvEcAP6LYvHRV6GMaQXh2oJxnpSSr+kA@mail.gmail.com>
To: HTML Accessibility Task Force <public-html-a11y@w3.org>
Hi Janina,

I object to the first half of this resolution for several reasons.

1. Longdesc is a useful native HTML attribute in and of itself [1].

2. The resolution is predicated upon ARIA. Linking aria-describedat to
longdesc in this manner is uncalled for and counter-productive to
reinstating longdesc.

3. The PF working group is chartered to specify ARIA. The HTML
Accessibility Task Force is not. The Accessibility TF is not
authorized to confirm or deny ARIA timelines. If the HTML chairs
desire a statement regarding PF's timeline that communication should
come separately and directly from PF.

The task force longdesc resolution requires no reservations or
dependencies. Please revise it to simply state:

RESOLUTION: The Accessibility Task Force reaffirms its support of
Laura's authored CP to reinstate longdesc (Issue-30).

Thank you.

Best Regards,

[1] aria-describedat may be useful too. I wish Rich and Steve all the
best on it.

On Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 11:45 AM, Janina Sajka <janina@rednote.net> wrote:
> Colleagues:
> On 29 March last the HTML-A11Y Task Force teleconference meeting
> reached consensus as follows:
> RESOLUTION: The HTML-A11Y Task Force confirms that ARIA-DescribedAT will
> not be ready for HTML 5 in HTML 5's currently published timeframe, and
> therefore reaffirms its support of Laura's authored CP to reinstate
> longdesc (Issue-30).
> The TF resolution, together with minutes of the discussion leading up to
> it, is logged at:
> http://www.w3.org/2012/03/29-html-a11y-minutes.html#item03
> As usual, if there is objection to this consensus position, please
> respond by replying to this message no later than close of business,
> Boston Time, on Monday 2 April.
> --
> Janina Sajka,   Phone:  +1.443.300.2200
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Laura L. Carlson
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