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Re: Opera 10.10 recently added longdesc support

From: Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc>
Date: Tue, 15 Sep 2009 10:55:46 -0700
Message-ID: <63df84f0909151055y625a8db7id0d36c9f66f2c6ca@mail.gmail.com>
To: Laura Carlson <laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com>
Cc: Aryeh Gregor <Simetrical+w3c@gmail.com>, Cynthia Shelly <cyns@exchange.microsoft.com>, John Foliot <jfoliot@stanford.edu>, Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>, "public-html@w3.org" <public-html@w3.org>
On Tue, Sep 15, 2009 at 10:50 AM, Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc> wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 15, 2009 at 10:26 AM, Laura Carlson
> <laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi Aryeh
>>
>> You wrote [1]:
>>
>>> as far as I
>>> know, longdesc is so consistently misused that no user agent, AT or
>>> otherwise, bothers providing it to users in any obvious way by
>>> default.
>>
>> Opera 10.10 recently added longdesc support
>> http://www.iheni.com/londesc-support-opera-1010/
>
> Meanwhile, Firefox 3.6 is removing support for it [1]. I added support
> for it a long time ago in [2], in fact, it was one of my first patches
> as a Mozilla contributor. However it was deemed too much code
> (literally thousands of lines of code) for too little gain. In these
> cases we generally advice the use of an extension instead, which seems
> like it's going to happen here [3].
>
> Also, please don't argue to *me* that removing support is bad. First
> of all, as stated above, I was even the one that added the support way
> back when. Second, if you think this was a bad idea, it'll be much
> more productive to try to gather support for the extension than to try
> to argue in the bug. Extensions is a primary way for us to gather data
> on how popular a particular feature is. We always look towards popular
> extensions for ideas for features to integrate into Firefox.
>
> [1] https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=513147
> [2] https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1995
> [3] https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/14228/
>
> / Jonas

Oh, I should also say that this doesn't at all affect what we expose
to AT software. It appears that we support @longdesc in the
accessibility code that talks to AT software, and that will still
remain the case in Firefox 3.6.

/ Jonas
Received on Tuesday, 15 September 2009 17:56:51 GMT

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