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Long descriptions of complex graphics

From: Charles McCathie Nevile <chaals@yandex-team.ru>
Date: Thu, 08 Aug 2013 22:07:38 +0400
To: "Lipner, Mia" <Mia.Lipner@va.gov>, "public-html-a11y@w3.org" <public-html-a11y@w3.org>
Message-ID: <op.w1ifa0w4y3oazb@dhcp235-171-red.yandex.net>
Hello Mia,

only a couple of years ago (that's just seconds in standards time) you  
wrote a set of comments on HTML 5[1] including one about the value of a  
mechanism to provide a long description, much like the longdesc attribute  
allowed in HTML 4. That comment was turned into Bug 13727 [2] which got  
assigned to me.

I am now editing the "HTML Image Description Extension (longdesc)"[3],  
which effectively adds a longdesc attribute to HTML5.

I hope the specification addresses the concerns you raised, allowing for  
rich descriptions that don't need to be presentedevery single time,  
available to all users, searchable (because they use a deterministic  
association of the image and its description), and so on.

I would appreciate any comments you may have on the specification, and  
hope you are satisfied that we have resolved the bug.

[1]  
http://www.w3.org/mid/B6CB855C5769484F862F4FB2CCFA50F402D545A7@VHAISHMSGJ2.vha.med.va.gov
[2] https://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=13727
[3] http://www.w3.org/TR/html-longdesc

cheers

Chaals

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