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longdesc="" in HTML5

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2008 09:36:33 +0000 (UTC)
To: public-html@w3.org
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I hate to throw fuel on the fire here, but as far as longdesc="" is 
concerned, the reason it isn't in HTML5 is that there has never been any 
feedback sent that described a problem for which longdesc="" was even 
remotely considered as a solution.

As is described here:

   http://wiki.whatwg.org/wiki/FAQ#Is_there_a_process_for_adding_new_features_to_the_spec.3F

...and as has been previously described on this list, the way that any 
feature gets added is by first establishing a problem to solve, and then 
coming up with the best solutions to address the problem. To get on my 
radar, there has to be an actual problem we are trying to solve that isn't 
already solved in some better way. This has never happened for any problem 
where longdesc="" (or things like it) were a candidate solution.

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