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[Bug 21494] New: data URIs as a solution to link rot and the embedding problem

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Date: Mon, 01 Apr 2013 16:55:01 +0000
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https://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=21494

            Bug ID: 21494
           Summary: data URIs as a solution to link rot and the embedding
                    problem
    Classification: Unclassified
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Hardware: PC
               URL: http://www.w3.org/TR/2013/WD-html-longdesc-20130312/#l
                    ongdesc
                OS: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: HTML Image Description Extension
          Assignee: chaals@yandex-team.ru
          Reporter: xn--mlform-iua@xn--mlform-iua.no
        QA Contact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: public-html-admin@w3.org,
                    xn--mlform-iua@xn--mlform-iua.no

This bug relates somewhat to Bug #21439.

I think it would be good to point out somewhere in the spec that the longdesc
attribute might contain a data URI, and thus that implementations must be
prepared to handle data URIs in the longdesc attribute.

Justification:

* make vendors aware that we expect data URIs to work;
* make authors aware that they may use data URIs;
* avoid that data URIs only becomes a subject of the 
  repair mechanism propsed in bug 21439.

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