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Re: Is longdesc a good solution?

From: Steven Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2008 11:34:55 +0100
Message-ID: <55687cf80809060334u779b9fc7xf2be15548d77fcfd@mail.gmail.com>
To: "David Poehlman" <david.poehlman@handsontechnologeyes.com>, public-html@w3.org, "W3C WAI-XTECH" <wai-xtech@w3.org>

I am not arguing against running studies, if a methodology can be
agreed upon, then please go ahead.

david poehlmann wrote:

>If I see a text link, it would have to be well labeled for me to know that
>it is a descriptive link.  if I see a longdesc associated with a link, I
>don't have to make a leap.

This does not appear to be speculation, it appears to be the
experience of one potential consumer of longdesc.



2008/9/6 Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>:
> Steven Faulkner wrote:
>> Lachlan wrote:
>>> That seems like nothing more than speculation about the usability of long
>>> description links.  It's certainly not an argument against doing the
>>> study,
>>> since whether or not it really is an issue for users, would be revealed
>>> by
>>> the study itself.
>> As i understand it david is one of the 'users' you talk about, so his
>> views are useful, and there are at least a few other potential
>> consumers of longdesc in the HTML WG, listening to them may be a good
>> place to start on such things.
> Yes, I'm aware of that. But my point was that until we have objective
> evidence to verify his claims, all we have is speculation and hypotheses;
> and speculation about usability problems is not a reason to avoid doing a
> usability study that would verify that.
> --
> Lachlan Hunt - Opera Software
> http://lachy.id.au/
> http://www.opera.com/

with regards

Steve Faulkner
Technical Director - TPG Europe
Director - Web Accessibility Tools Consortium

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