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Re: 48-Hour Consensus Call: InstateLongdesc CP Update

From: Silvia Pfeiffer <silviapfeiffer1@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2012 22:00:45 +1000
Message-ID: <CAHp8n2=Lu1TL60zbEfdnyW7YnB1Q2y+AhF_hQUQ0u-Jhh5GB3Q@mail.gmail.com>
To: Laura Carlson <laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com>
Cc: Geoff Freed <geoff_freed@wgbh.org>, HTML Accessibility Task Force <public-html-a11y@w3.org>
On Sun, Sep 23, 2012 at 10:41 AM, Silvia Pfeiffer
<silviapfeiffer1@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sun, Sep 23, 2012 at 5:51 AM, Laura Carlson
> <laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi Geoff,
>> I will be leaving the HTMLWG and accessibility task force shortly as
>> Judy sent me the link to the form. But before I go I wanted to add to
>> you're statement:
>>> Publishers in America have used it extensively in the past and are continuing to use it today as it's the best *available* method to deliver long descriptions to students that need them.
>> longdesc improves accessibility in practice:
>> http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-archive/2012Sep/att-0025/comments-mt.html#practice
>> Notably the two sister sites Statistics Canada and Statistique Canada
>> began consistently using longdesc in "The Daily" publication. "The
>> Daily" produces statistics on a business-day basis that help Canadians
>> better understand their country, its population, resources, economy,
>> society and culture. Please refer to Statistics Canada and Statistique
>> Canada for detailed evidence.
>> http://www.d.umn.edu/~lcarlson/research/ld.html#statcan
>> http://www.d.umn.edu/~lcarlson/research/ld.html#statcanf
>> longdesc is experiencing increased usage in the wild
>> http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-archive/2012Sep/att-0025/comments-mt.html#increasedusage
> This is very good data and a great list of sites that support longdesc
> for their accessibility needs. I have always admired your excellently
> prepared data and the excellent work you've done for the TF, so I am
> really sad to see you go.
> Interestingly, you data actually confirms the message that I just sent
> on another thread [1] about moving to @aria-describedat. I would think
> that all of these institutions that are supportive of accessibility
> and are using @longdesc in the correct way for this purpose would
> accept moving to use @aria-describedat if we encouraged them to do so.
> In this way, the vast pollution of @longdesc values that we see in the
> wild would be replaced by only clean and accurate use of
> @aria-describedat . It would make it easier for tools to identify
> sites that have appropriate and usable long text alternatives, since
> you can just search for @aria-describedat and know you will get good
> results, rather than searching for @longdesc and having to wade
> through vast numbers of misuses.
> Thanks again.
> Regards,
> Silvia.
> [1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html-a11y/2012Sep/0447.html

Actually, I meant to reference this email:


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