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Re: Would the arai describedby property be a suitable replacement for or improvement on @longdesc?

From: Gregory J. Rosmaita <oedipus@hicom.net>
Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2008 18:41:46 +0000
To: joshue.oconnor@cfit.ie, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>
Cc: James Graham <jg307@cam.ac.uk>
Message-Id: <20080218183523.M72189@hicom.net>

aloha, josh!

while describedby property could be used when a suitable long 
descriptor exists in the document text, it should also be remembered
that ARIA will enable much more sophisticated long descriptors --
for example, flow charts and hierarchical trees could be expressed 
as tree (expand/collapse all) or accordion (expand/collapse individual 
branches) widgets, enabling a user to expand/collapse branches that 
are of interest or disinterest to the user -- this would provide 
the user of ARIA-enabled apps to achieve the same "ah-hah!" moment that
illustrations of flow charts and hierarchical trees provide the sighted
user by following the actual flow from parent to child and so on...

obviously, the nonvisual user would not be the only beneficiary
of such an interactive long descriptor, gregory.

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---------- Original Message -----------
From: Joshue O Connor <joshue.oconnor@cfit.ie>
To: HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>
Cc: James Graham <jg307@cam.ac.uk>, public-html-request@w3.org
Sent: Mon, 18 Feb 2008 14:02:16  0000
Subject: Re: Would the arai describedby property be a suitable 
replacement  for or improvement on @longdesc?

> Can this please be added to the issue tracker?
> 
> Would the arai describedby property be a suitable replacement 
> for or improvement on @longdesc?
> 
> Cheers
> 
> Josh
> 
> Related posts
> 
> [1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2008Feb/0273.html
> [2] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2008Feb/0065.html
> [3] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2007Sep/0350.html
> [4] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2008Feb/0275.html
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