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

From: Janina Sajka <janina@rednote.net>
Date: Tue, 3 Apr 2012 22:57:54 -0400
To: Charles McCathieNevile <chaals@opera.com>
Cc: Matthew Turvey <mcturvey@gmail.com>, Geoff Freed <geoff_freed@wgbh.org>, HTML Accessibility Task Force <public-html-a11y@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20120404025754.GC4836@sonata.rednote.net>
Charles McCathieNevile writes:
> On Tue, 03 Apr 2012 22:25:48 +0200, Matthew Turvey
> <mcturvey@gmail.com> wrote:
> >On 3 April 2012 14:50, Charles McCathieNevile <chaals@opera.com> wrote:
> >
> >>Possibly, but it is clear that despite poor implementation, the
> >>fact that a real proportion of the audience who *needs* this
> >>stuff don't
> >>really understand how it works, and that it is expensive, thoughtful
> >>publishers with years of experience in making stuff accessible for
> >>real world use cases have decided that the expense of using longdesc
> >>is justified.
> >
> >I think that's probably because WAI have been giving out misleading
> >UA/AT support information for longdesc in WCAG H45:
> I doubt it. It isn't news that longdesc support is patchy. And I am
> talking about the people who spend real money to understand better
> than we do what *really*happens* in the world.

Like, for example, the Association of American Publishers who explicitly
pleaded with the HTML-WG to reinstate longdesc because they depend on it
greatly. Note they're speaking from production experience. Note also
they're talking about rich text, not simple ASCII paragraphs. 



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