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Re: Working Group Decision on ISSUE-30 longdesc

From: Denis Boudreau <dboudreau@webconforme.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Aug 2010 10:37:29 -0400
Cc: Karl Dubost <karl+w3c@la-grange.net>, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>, HTML Accessibility Task Force <public-html-a11y@w3.org>
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To: Roy T. Fielding <fielding@gbiv.com>
Hi everyone,

On 2010-08-13, at 3:46 AM, Roy T. Fielding wrote:

>> * How many and which assistive technologies are using longdesc (full browser, OS level, plugin, etc.)?
> 
> That is a much better question, but will leave it to an AT expert to answer.

As it stands, Jaws and Window-Eyes are using and fully support @longdesc by announcing to the user that the image suggests a long description and the user can activate the corresponding link to get to the page where that description is provided.

NVDA doesn't (yet) and I haven't seen anything relating to @longdesc support in their roadmap, but it doesn't mean it will not get implemented eventually. This is not a complicated feature to add in.

As it turns out, Jaws and NVDA constitute the vast majority of screen readers used out there, so both supporting should be satisfying enough.

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Denis Boudreau
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