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Proposal for referencing the Image Description (longdesc) extension from HTML

From: Léonie Watson <tink@tink.uk>
Date: Thu, 4 Aug 2016 19:50:38 +0100
To: public-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <a6435dd0-27c4-d07b-4dd5-c7ae6a366fcb@tink.uk>
Hello HTML,

There has been a lengthy discussion on Github about the best way to 
reference the Image Description (longdesc) specification from the HTML 
specification [1]. The issue was filed by Chris Wilson and supported by 
David Singer and Tantek Çelik.

There is now a proposal for resolving this issue on the Github thread 
[2]. Comments are preferred on Github, but for convenience the proposal 
is included here in full:

"We discussed the initial subject of this issue on the
HTML editor's call
  today [3].

We recognise that our original approach was not ideal and that it upset 
several people. As has been mentioned already, this was not our 
intention, but
the inadvertent result of a different interpretation of Plan 2014.

We also recognise that there is no solution that will please everyone 
who has invested themselves in this discussion. It has been a protracted 
and painful
experience for everyone, and our initial approach to referencing 
longdesc didn't help. That said, we hope it is possible to reach an 
accord that, whilst
not perfect, will enable us all to move on from here without further 

With this in mind, we'd like to propose the following steps for 
resolving this issue:

1. Remove the longdesc attribute from the table of attributes in HTML core.
2. Remove the IDL information for the longdesc attribute from HTML core.
3. Keep the longdesc examples in HTML core **.
4. Create a WG Note listing known extension specifications ***.
5. Include a link to the HTML Extension Specifications Note from HTML 
core (probably in the index).

** Examples throughout the HTML specification are informative, and we 
include informative examples and information for other specifications 
and extensions
elsewhere in HTML core.

*** We anticipate that the Note will be updated as we identify new/other 
extension specifications.

We hope this approach will enable people to use the W3C Image 
Description Recommendation in conjunction with HTML5.1, whilst at the 
same time making its
status as an HTML Applicable Specification clear.

Constructive thoughts and comments welcome."

[1] http://github.com/w3c/html/issues/507/
[2] https://github.com/w3c/html/issues/507#issuecomment-237068400
[3] https://www.w3.org/2016/08/02-html-editors-minutes.html
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