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Re: unifying alternate content across embedded content element types

From: Andrew Sidwell <takkaria@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Jul 2007 15:45:21 +0100
Message-ID: <4698E181.8050008@gmail.com>
To: Robert Burns <rob@robburns.com>
CC: public-html@w3.org

Robert Burns wrote:
> [I]t strikes me that, if its useful to add
> a short alternate to an <img> element that perhaps already has a lengthy
> and semantically rich description as the target of a @longdesc
> attribute. then maybe it would be useful to do the same for other
> embedded content elements.

I think you misrepresent (unintentionally, I assume) the way round that
things occured.  First, there was alt="", then longdesc="" was added (in
HTML 4).  That is, longdesc was introduced to fix the shortcomings of
alt for those who needed it; alt wasn't introduced to add a shorter
version of longdesc.

Andrew Sidwell
Received on Saturday, 14 July 2007 14:45:30 GMT

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