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Re: Finding Real Use Cases for Longdesc

From: Andrew Sidwell <takkaria@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2007 09:53:32 +0100
Message-ID: <46CD4B0C.2010009@gmail.com>
To: W3C List <public-html@w3.org>

Lachlan Hunt wrote:
> Note that I'm not looking at statistics, just trying to find examples
> that show longdesc being used *legitimately* and *usefully*.  If anyone
> finds any that are legitimate (either from this list or elsewhere),
> please document them as use cases in the wiki.

You said you weren't looking for statistics, but I might as well post
this anyway, since it may be useufl.  I did a miniature study a couple
of weeks ago on a list of 62 pages containing the longdesc attribute on
<img>, taken from

I found that of all of them, two were valid, and none were useful -- one
was for an accessibility checker logo, and longdesc appeared nowhere
else on that page; the other was serving up plaintext files which would
have better fit into the alt text.

Study: <http://wiki.whatwg.org/wiki/Longdesc_usage>

Andrew Sidwell
Received on Thursday, 23 August 2007 08:53:52 UTC

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