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RE: 48-Hour Consensus Call: InstateLongdesc CP Update

From: Cynthia Shelly <cyns@microsoft.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2012 21:28:09 +0000
To: Janina Sajka <janina@rednote.net>, HTML Accessibility Task Force <public-html-a11y@w3.org>
Message-ID: <f504878d9b6c4a789204b006eca8f015@BLUPR03MB591.namprd03.prod.outlook.com>
Microsoft abstains from this consensus call.

Our primary goal is to get the HTML 5 spec to recommendation as quickly as possible, and we do not wish to block the spec on this issue.  We can live with longdesc as conforming, conforming but obsolete (deprecated), obsolete, or not mentioned at all.

We believe that longdesc is under-specified in HTML 4.01, and that this has caused problems with adoption.  However, we are hopeful that remaining issues with the feature will be worked out as part of the CR process, which was not used for HTML 4.01.  Because of this, we believe that longdesc could be an acceptable interim solution.

-----Original Message-----
From: Janina Sajka [mailto:janina@rednote.net] 
Sent: Thursday, September 13, 2012 10:10 AM
To: HTML Accessibility Task Force
Subject: 48-Hour Consensus Call: InstateLongdesc CP Update


The HTML-A11Y Task Force has twice resolved support for the InstateLongdesc Change Proposal on Issue-30 Longdesc reconsideration, most recently as logged at:


As we expect reconsideration of the Issue-30 decision on longdesc will be taken up by the HTML-WG soon, the Task Force Text Subteam has provided a narrative wrapper for this CP which is intended to serve as concise orientation at the top level of the CP, leaving detailed evidence and argument to subpages.


The Task Force teleconference on 13 September reviewed this approach for the second time and confirmed no objections to it:


As was noted during the teleconference, the Instatelongdesc CP had this kind of top level presentation until the evidence in the CP became so extensive that it seemed prudent to reformat the CP using subpages.

The discussion page to review is at:


If you have objections, comments, or proposed edits, please respond by replying to this message no later than 12:00 PM (Noon), Boston Time, on Tuesday 18 September. This is 16:00 UTC.

All Task Force participants are also invited to attend the Task Force Text Subteam teleconference at 1:00 PM Boston Time Tuesday, (17:00 UTC), when all comments received will be considered and the orientation page finalized.

The Text Subteam uses Zakim channel 2119#; and IRC channel #text. An agenda will be published to the Task Force list before this teleconference as usual.


Janina Sajka,	Phone:	+1.443.300.2200
		Email:	janina@rednote.net

The Linux Foundation
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