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Re: ISSUE-30 (Longdesc) Change Proposal

From: Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc>
Date: Fri, 30 Oct 2009 08:24:33 -0700
Message-ID: <63df84f0910300824j2ed2f111kb8386856ec600e5c@mail.gmail.com>
To: Joshue O Connor <joshue.oconnor@cfit.ie>
Cc: Leif Halvard Silli <xn--mlform-iua@xn--mlform-iua.no>, John Foliot <jfoliot@stanford.edu>, Charles McCathieNevile <chaals@opera.com>, public-html@w3.org
On Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 7:02 AM, Joshue O Connor <joshue.oconnor@cfit.ie> wrote:
> Leif Halvard Silli wrote:
>> I agree: That @longdesc is a link is the key. @longdesc has other
>> advantages as well, but they are all linked (sic!) to the fact that it
>> is a link.
>>
>> I wonder if it will be possible to make aria-describedby into a link,
>> though. [...]
>
> Yes, to give @aria-describedby the ability to reference a URI as well as
> a IDREF would be a great advantage.

Why not simply say that if the IDREF points to an element that is a
link, then that link provides the description.

This forces authors to consider putting the link to the description in
the normal flow of the page, thus making it accessible to everyone,
not just users of AT tools. Something which usually is a win.

For the cases when rendering the link is not desired, the link can
simply be hidden using CSS or the @hidden attribute. Or you can place
the link in the <head> which is never rendered.

/ Jonas
Received on Friday, 30 October 2009 15:25:26 UTC

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