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Re: CfC: Publish ten heartbeat drafts as WDs

From: Laura Carlson <laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2012 06:53:39 -0600
Message-ID: <CAOavpvfvT1PWEVtSUVxWd+hD5K5y3PV55VhLPAz1Dm80PCkUKA@mail.gmail.com>
To: Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>
Cc: public-html@w3.org
Hi Sam,

> Correction: Issue 30 was resolved prior to Last Call.  It was subsequently
> re-opened.

That is true. And as a contingent for going to Last Call that reopened
issue was to suppose to have been expedited. That has not happened.
The Chairs control the agenda and have had ample time have had since
last spring to split issues and see that dependencies were taken care
of.

> You are asking that ISSUE-30 be re-resolved before Jonas and/or Matthew have
> completed their proposal(s).

No, Sam I am not. I am asking for ISSUE-30 to be resolved before
publishing yet another draft. If also you want to resolved other
issues prior to publishing another draft that is your prerogative.

> Can you explain the importance of what might very well be a temporary
> resolution of this issue would be?

It would not be temporary if you resolve 204 first.

The importance of all of this is that longer longdesc is obsolete, the
more people will not use it or stop using it. It discourages and
deters uptake. I have  collected a non-negligible number of examples
[1] that utilize longdesc in meaningful ways. However, delay is eating
way evidence. I have to remove examples weekly. People read that
longdesc is obsolete...so why use it?

For instance, a page on about.com says, "The LONGDESC attribute allows
you to put a URL to a longer description of the image. This attribute
is obsolete in HTML5. You should use a normal A tag to link to a
longer description instead. This attribute is valid HTML4, and is not
deprecated in that version."  [2]  Jennifer Kyrnin has been contacted
numerous times (starting last June) informing her that longdesc is
currently an open issue in the W3C HTML5 Working Group and  a change
proposal has been written, which the HTML5 Accessibility Task Force
supports. It would make longdesc conforming. She has been asked if she
could please update the text on her page to say that longdesc in HTML5
is currently an open issue. She said she would but never has. The text
remains.

Every beat of HTML5's heart without longdesc, suffocates longdesc more.

Best Regards,
Laura

[1] http://www.d.umn.edu/~lcarlson/research/ld.html#wild
[2]
http://webdesign.about.com/od/beginningtutorials/a/image_tag_img.htm

-- 
Laura L. Carlson
Received on Tuesday, 28 February 2012 12:54:07 UTC

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