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Re: longdesc="" in HTML5

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2008 19:12:24 +0000 (UTC)
To: Joshue O Connor <joshue.oconnor@cfit.ie>
Cc: public-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0809081900480.30731@hixie.dreamhostps.com>

On Mon, 8 Sep 2008, Joshue O Connor wrote:
> > 
> > What is the problem that a long description is solving? A long 
> > description isn't a need, it's a solution to a 
> > need/requirement/problem. If the need is something like "users who 
> > can't see bar charts need a way to have the information in the bar 
> > chart conveyed to them", why isn't <p> sufficient?
> 
> If the information /is/ on the page and this can be indicated to the 
> user in some way via ARIA described by or similar then in principle yes, 
> fair point. Usually @longdesc is explicitly associated with <img>. [1]

Why does the user even need to know there _is_ an image? Wouldn't that 
just be taunting the user? It seems like if the image is totally described 
elsewhere in the document, you can just use alt="" and you get an optimal 
experience for the image-impaired user.

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