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Re: CfC: to publish "HTML5 Image Description Extension" specification as a First Public Working Draft (FPWD)

From: Silvia Pfeiffer <silviapfeiffer1@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2013 11:04:49 +1100
Message-ID: <CAHp8n2nXBYhboYAYZO=-QgcufMSkKrxOq=x2BneXJU_wcsCAsg@mail.gmail.com>
To: Paul Cotton <Paul.Cotton@microsoft.com>
Cc: "public-html-admin@w3.org" <public-html-admin@w3.org>, "Charles McCathie Nevile (chaals@yandex-team.ru)" <chaals@yandex-team.ru>, "Janina Sajka <janina@rednote.net> (janina@rednote.net)" <janina@rednote.net>, "Michael(tm) Smith (mike@w3.org" <mike@w3.org>, Judy Brewer <jbrewer@w3.org>, Michael Cooper <cooper@w3.org>
The below are my personal opinions.

I assume the implication of accepting this CFC is that "longdesc on img
elements" will be removed from the section that states that it is
non-conforming [1].

I'm supportive of this CFC under the following conditions:

1. I'd like to make sure that "longdesc on iframe elements" remains
non-conforming.

2. I'd also like to make sure we come up with a more generic means of
linking to external long descriptions for any replaced element, not just
images. In the long term I'd like to see such a feature and I'd like to see
that feature replace @longdesc on images, too. I'm therefore suggesting
that for HTML5.1 @longdesc on img is added to the list of obsolete but
conforming features [2] with a statement that it is there for legacy
reasons and will be replaced by a new aria-* attribute.

I'm saying aria-* because if it is an accessibility-only attribute, it
should be in the aria namespace. Proponents that argue that it's not just
for accessibility should use <a> instead.

Regards,
Silvia.

[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/html5/single-page.html#non-conforming-features
[2]
http://www.w3.org/TR/html5/single-page.html#obsolete-but-conforming-features


On Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 6:53 AM, Paul Cotton <Paul.Cotton@microsoft.com>wrote:

>   This is a Call for Consensus (CfC) to publish as a First Public Working
> Draft (FPWD) the following “HTML5 Image Description Extension”
> specification:****
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> https://dvcs.w3.org/hg/html-proposals/raw-file/b63325998cc1/longdesc1/longdesc.html
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> Silence will be taken to mean there is no objection, but positive
> responses are encouraged. If there are no objections by Tuesday Feb 26,
> this resolution will carry.****
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> Considerations to note:****
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> - As a First Public Working Draft, this publication will trigger patent
> policy review.****
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> - As a Working Draft publication, the document does not need not be
> complete, to meet all technical requirements, or to have consensus on the
> contents.****
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> /paulc****
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> HTML WG co-chair****
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> Paul Cotton, Microsoft Canada****
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