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Re: longdesc quality statistics

From: Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>
Date: Sat, 22 Sep 2012 23:03:16 -0400
Message-ID: <505E7BF4.2090105@intertwingly.net>
To: Leif Halvard Silli <xn--mlform-iua@xn--mlform-iua.no>
CC: John Foliot <john@foliot.ca>, 'David Singer' <singer@apple.com>, 'Charles McCathie Nevile' <chaals@yandex-team.ru>, public-html-a11y@w3.org
On 09/22/2012 10:44 PM, Leif Halvard Silli wrote:
> Sam Ruby, Sat, 22 Sep 2012 21:47:38 -0400:
>> On 09/22/2012 09:13 PM, Leif Halvard Silli wrote:
>>> Sam Ruby, Sat, 22 Sep 2012 20:21:09 -0400:
>>>> On 09/22/2012 05:36 PM, John Foliot wrote:
>>>>> David Singer wrote:
>>>>>>
>>>>>> But.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> a) why would anyone now implement longdesc knowing that the
>>>>>> descriptions that they'd expose to users were, for the vast majority,
>>>>>> 'hopelesslt bad'?
>>>>>
>>>>> 1) There is no other functional replacement in effect today.
>>>>
>>>> The keyword being 'today'.
>>>>
>>>> I'll point out that there is a false dichotomy in play here.
>>>>
>>>> Today there is only one mainstream browser that natively implements
>>>> longdesc.
>>>
>>> What do you mean by saying that only one 'natively implements'?
>>
>> http://www.d.umn.edu/~lcarlson/research/ld-rendering2.html
>
> OK.
>
>>> For mainstream browsers, the situation is:
>>>
>>> 1. Firefox has support in its A11Y API
>>> 2. Opera has contextual menu support.
>>> 3. Internet Explorer has A11Y API support (but
>>>      I have heard that it is buggy).
>>
>> Any possibility that the proposal can be updated to NOT define the
>> user agents in 1 and 3 above as not meeting expectations?
>
> That sounds like a good description of today: today offering a A11Y API
> implementations is one way @longdesc is implemented. Those who
> implement it that way, should 'get credit' for that.

I would encourage a 'today' specification to avoid DIScrediting those 
that do not:

http://www.w3.org/TR/qaframe-spec/#option

- Sam Ruby
Received on Sunday, 23 September 2012 03:03:45 GMT

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