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Re: Is longdesc a good solution?

From: David Poehlman <david.poehlman@handsontechnologeyes.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2008 09:43:42 -0400
Message-ID: <1F59936B66BB419F879155DD3CBE1F11@HANDS>
To: "Lachlan Hunt" <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>
Cc: <public-html@w3.org>, "'W3C WAI-XTECH'" <wai-xtech@w3.org>

I'll even go further.  an image is nothing to me unless if it is complex, it 
is described in an associated way.  My preference would be that I click this 
and it becomes replacement and I can click out of it and that it not bring 
up a new window or become a new page.  This is the model I suggest.  I'll go 
even further.  My assistive technology should allow me to configure it to 
expose the target of the longdesc automatically and it should be integrated 
into the content of the page from which the image springs.

I'm sure I didn't get this quite right and I don't care what the mechanism 
is but speaking on behalf of many users, this would alleviate a large number 
of accessibility barriers.
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From: "Lachlan Hunt" <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>
To: "David Poehlman" <david.poehlman@handsontechnologeyes.com>
Cc: <public-html@w3.org>; "'W3C WAI-XTECH'" <wai-xtech@w3.org>
Sent: Saturday, September 06, 2008 5:06 AM
Subject: Re: Is longdesc a good solution?



David Poehlman wrote:
> I see one problem with this that has already been mentioned. That is since
> it is not widely encountered on the web, many will not know what a long
> description is.
>
> 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.

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.

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Lachlan Hunt - Opera Software
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http://www.opera.com/
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