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Re: Your Bug 24168 on Longdesc Accepted

From: Janina Sajka <janina@rednote.net>
Date: Sat, 28 Jun 2014 02:00:01 -0400
To: Laura Carlson <laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com>, HTML Accessibility Task Force <public-html-a11y@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20140628060001.GB4517@concerto.rednote.net>
Hi, Laura:

Thanks for your email below and your additional comments in bugzilla.
I'm responding here rather than in bugzilla as a trial resolution.

Speaking only for myself, as I'm just back from overseas and haven't
conferred on this with the TF or my Co-Facilitator in the TF ...

I'm not convinced that talking about ARIA-DescribedAt in the HTML
Longdesc spec makes sense at this time. For one thing, DescribedAt is
very likely to undergo additional specification before ARIA 1.1 is
finalized.

But far more to the point, DescribedAt isn't a direct access solution at
all. It's an annotation approach. So, to discuss it, where we're
suggesting authors include direct access where it exists, doesn't
clarify, imo, it further confuses.


Janina



Janina Sajka writes:
> Dear Laura:
> 
> On behalf of the HTML-A11Y Task Force facilitators, I want to apologize
> that we failed to follow through properly regarding your recent bug:
> 
> https://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=24168
> 
> The comment filed on that bug indicated that we had accepted your proposed
> edits to the HTML5 Image Description Extension specification, and that they had
> been applied to the latest editors draft.  We had indeed queued edits up.
> However, the changeset did not get applied to the editor's draft available
> online through some error on our part we've not yet identified. We want to
> thank you for pointing this out.
> 
> Also, we may have been insufficiently precise in saying that we had accepted
> your proposed change. We do strongly agree that we should use nonperjorative and
> nonjudgemental terms in this document. We have replaced "modern" and
> "better" with descriptive language. However, we do actually want to encourage
> authors to use newer markup solutions in addition to longdesc. We believe this
> is a stronger statement than asking them to consider these other markup approaches.
> 
> Because of this error, we will be extending the Call for Consensus in the
> Task Force in order to give everyone the opportunity to review the actual
> document we propose to promote on the recommendation track.
> 
> Janina, for the HTML-A11Y Task Force Facilitators
> 
> 
> -- 
> 
> Janina Sajka,	Phone:	+1.443.300.2200
> 			sip:janina@asterisk.rednote.net
> 		Email:	janina@rednote.net
> 
> Linux Foundation Fellow
> Executive Chair, Accessibility Workgroup:	http://a11y.org
> 
> The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
> Chair,	Protocols & Formats	http://www.w3.org/wai/pf
> 	Indie UI			http://www.w3.org/WAI/IndieUI/

-- 

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

Linux Foundation Fellow
Executive Chair, Accessibility Workgroup:	http://a11y.org

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
Chair,	Protocols & Formats	http://www.w3.org/wai/pf
	Indie UI			http://www.w3.org/WAI/IndieUI/
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