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Expanding longdesc use

From: Laura Carlson <laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2012 15:33:14 -0500
Message-ID: <CAOavpvf6d-41TphX2J+9Khue+Tn5ZPBo1z4tbh9W-gZaK=WFHg@mail.gmail.com>
To: Silvia Pfeiffer <silviapfeiffer1@gmail.com>
Cc: HTML Accessibility Task Force <public-html-a11y@w3.org>, W3C WAI-XTECH <wai-xtech@w3.org>
Hi Silvia,

In the other thread you said,

> My main reason for going for another attribute is that I
> want it used for more than just <img>.

No reason why longdesc could not do that. John has longdesc
incorporated into a couple of his media change proposals. If I recall
correctly Janina may have mentioned at one time for a replacement for
a table summary.

After it is reinstated in HTML, if use cases are presented, the
longdesc attribute could very well fulfill those use cases by being
made a valid attribute on elements that need a semantic, programmatic
determinable long description or if warranted by being made a global
attribute. This would enable developers of tools producing HTML to use
the same native HTML mechanism for adding descriptions.

In fact, Jonas responded to a question asking, "Would it be possible
to make longdesc a global attribute?" by saying, "This is software,
anything is possible" [1].

Best Regards,

[1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2011Mar/0624.html
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