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Re: My case for the obsoletion of longdesc (Was: 48-Hour Consensus Call: InstateLongdesc CP Update)

From: Laura Carlson <laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2012 10:19:46 -0500
Message-ID: <CAOavpvc06YVtCCTWqHMokiVfwyrXTR4yHL+5HPv1p_mNK+uzSA@mail.gmail.com>
To: Joshue O Connor <joshue.oconnor@cfit.ie>
Cc: HTML Accessibility Task Force <public-html-a11y@w3.org>, w3c-wai-pf@w3.org, "Gregory J. Rosmaita" <gregory.rosmaita@gmail.com>
Hi Josh,

>> I would not agree that forcing a long description upon a user is elegant.
>
> Ok. The word 'force' is a little strong but I take your point. I'm not being
> flip here (more as a personal aside) but please note that - as a sighted
> person I see many images that I may not want to - immediately, if @longdesc
> is a functional equivalent to a primarily visual medium - should the
> immediacy of the interaction not follow a similar model?

Consuming a long description should be a user choice. I have pulled
several of the fundamentals together at:
http://www.d.umn.edu/~lcarlson/research/constriants/choice.html
John explains it very well.

> The interaction is mediated via the AT which can of course (and should) act
> as a bridge to facilitatate a particular user experience. How this is done
> should be handled by a combination of user defined preferences (verbosity?)
> and choice.

Yes.

> Anyway, really this is UA issue, right?

Yes.

> Firstly, we need to have the
> mechanism that can do this defined/contained in the spec first - as I am
> sure you will agree. So apologies if I got ahead of myself in terms of
> engineering the interaction. It was purely for the purposes of illustration.

No worries.

> Am glad to hear that GJR is still contributing via the aethers.

Yes.

Best Regards,
Laura

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Laura L. Carlson
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