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RE: Expanding longdesc use

From: Léonie Watson <lwatson@nomensa.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2012 09:09:10 +0000
To: Joshue O Connor <joshue.oconnor@cfit.ie>, Laura Carlson <laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com>
CC: Silvia Pfeiffer <silviapfeiffer1@gmail.com>, HTML Accessibility Task Force <public-html-a11y@w3.org>, W3C WAI-XTECH <wai-xtech@w3.org>
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Joshua O'Connor wrote:
"Yes, that's right. Personally, I think its a great idea. I would really like to see the core functionality of @longdesc given a broader reach (as a global long descriptor that could span multiple content types)."

	Isn't the basic problem that longdesc is poorly implemented/supported, and that it's unlikely to gain much more traction in the future? The core functionality is the bit that's important (as you say), so wouldn't a new attribute/element/whatever create an opportunity to improve implementation/support?

Léonie. 


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-----Original Message-----
From: Joshue O Connor [mailto:joshue.oconnor@cfit.ie] 
Sent: 14 March 2012 09:03
To: Laura Carlson
Cc: Silvia Pfeiffer; HTML Accessibility Task Force; W3C WAI-XTECH
Subject: Re: Expanding longdesc use

Laura Carlson wrote:
> 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.

Yes, thats right. Personally, I think its a great idea. I would really like to see the core functionality of @longdesc given a broader reach (as a global long descriptor that could span multiple content types).

There are certainly use cases, however as we have seen, articulating them to satisfy the HTML5 WG can be difficult.

Cheers

Josh
Received on Wednesday, 14 March 2012 09:10:19 UTC

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