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[Bug 18385] Programmatic association of a page element to a 'description' text in a different uri

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Date: Sun, 09 Sep 2012 22:07:55 +0000
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Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis <bhawkeslewis@googlemail.com> changed:

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--- Comment #9 from Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis <bhawkeslewis@googlemail.com> 2012-09-09 22:07:55 UTC ---
(In reply to comment #0)
> Programmatically associate a control with a glossary term (brief description)
> in a different uri. For example, a developer creates a page called
> www.foo.gov/glossary.html and then ties a piece of text, say, 'glossary#1' to a
> control in www.foo.gov/pagexyz.html. This could be helpful in numerous
> situations:
> 1. Where the describedby text need not be visible on the same page.
> 2. When an image needs a description.
> 3. Link needs additional description.
> 4. Form control needs additional explanation.

In all these cases, if the description works as plain text, you can just hide
the referenced describing element using @hidden. You can reference an iframe if
you want to reuse the text elsewhere.

> 5. When a superscript needs to be associated.

What's wrong with an ordinary link here?

<th abbr="2013 estimate">2013 estimate<a href=note-5

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