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Re: dropping longdesc attribute

From: Anne van Kesteren <annevk@opera.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2007 20:16:43 +0200
To: "Laura Carlson" <laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com>, "HTML WG" <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <op.tuaad5wo64w2qv@annevk-t60.oslo.opera.com>

On Thu, 21 Jun 2007 19:37:26 +0200, Laura Carlson  
<laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com> wrote:
> On 6/18/07, James Graham <jg307@cam.ac.uk> wrote:
>> Actually, longdesc is not included in the current draft of HTML5. Are
>> there a non-negligible number of sites that actually use longdesc in a
>> useful way?
> When was the longdesc attribute taken out? It wasn't mentioned as
> dropped in the 'HTML5 differences from HTML4' document last week or in
> the previous whatwg differences doc [1]. But now I see that it is in
> fact listed as dropped [2]. Guess I need to read the actual spec
> closer. Maybe we need a differences of the differences document ;-)

I just happen to miss it. As long as people don't review the differences  
document carefully it can contain mistakes. Such as this one. Someone, or  
maybe it was me, pointed it out and I fixed it. A list of changes can be  
obtained here:


> Anyway, what rationale for dropping longdesc?

I don't think it really has been considered yet. Much like <table summary>.

> [1] http://wiki.whatwg.org/wiki/Differences_from_HTML4#Dropped_Attributes
> [2] 
> http://dev.w3.org/cvsweb/~checkout~/html5/html4-differences/Overview.html#dropped-attributes

Anne van Kesteren
Received on Thursday, 21 June 2007 18:16:40 UTC

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