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(unknown charset) Re: aria-describedat

From: (unknown charset) Leif Halvard Silli <xn--mlform-iua@xn--mlform-iua.no>
Date: Thu, 22 Mar 2012 00:19:48 +0100
To: (unknown charset) Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis <bhawkeslewis@googlemail.com>
Cc: (unknown charset) Richard Schwerdtfeger <schwer@us.ibm.com>, W3C WAI-XTECH <wai-xtech@w3.org>, w3c-wai-pf@w3.org, public-html-a11y@w3.org, laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com, George Kerscher <kerscher@montana.com>, david.bolter@gmail.com, jbrewer@w3.org, faulkner.steve@gmail.com, mike@w3.org
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Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis, Wed, 21 Mar 2012 22:20:30 +0000:
> On Wed, Mar 21, 2012 at 2:32 PM, Richard Schwerdtfeger wrote:
>> This is an unofficial draft of aria-describedat

>> http://dvcs.w3.org/hg/aria-unofficial/raw-file/tip/describedat.html

> The name should reflect the fact that it is a URL. e.g.
> "aria-descriptionurl" or "aria-describeaturl" would be better.

If one were to pick @describedaturl, then why not, just as well, change 
@describedby to @describedBYidrefs ? I think @describedat is reasonably 
good - it fits the current naming pattern. Also, the name is probably 
not the only reason why @longdesc so often has had invalid content: 
Some lightbox libraries misuses is for 'large image URL' - probably 
because the authors were more afraid of using a new, HTML4-invalid 
attribute than they were afraid of using @longdesc for invalid purposes.

> - Please define what "content that describes the object" would be. For
> example, Wikipedia used to use @longdesc to link to metadata about the
> image but not to a text alternative.

+1

> Presumably we don't want
> @aria-describedat to be used in this way? Again, would it be
> appropriate or not appropriate to use this attribute to link to a
> transcript for media? Would it be good to distinguish between
> descriptions and transcripts?
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Leif H Silli
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