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[techs] d-link Test 9

From: Chris Ridpath <chris.ridpath@utoronto.ca>
Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2005 10:22:02 -0500
Message-ID: <04bb01c4ffcc$f52d1440$e29a968e@WILDDOG>
To: "WAI WCAG List" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>

In our recent straw poll, the group accepted the test for d-link:

test 9 - All IMG elements that have a LONGDESC attribute also have an
associated 'd-link'.

However there were several people that voted for killing it and most people
voted that it be "optional". I thought we should have some discussion on the
list as a result of the close decision.

The "d-link" was a temporary measure to support image long descriptions
until there was user agent support for the LONGDESC attribute. We know that
d-link will eventually be not required so the question is - when?

Is there yet enough user agent support for LONGDESC that we should not
require d-link? How do we judge when there is enough support for LONGDESC
that we can dump d-link. Is there something we can do to increase the
support of LONGDESC so d-link can be quickly removed?

Note that d-link is currently a level 1 requirement because it maps to
guideline 1.1, Level 1, Success Criteria 2. I believe that it should be a
level 2 or level 3 requirement.

Comments appreciated.

Received on Friday, 21 January 2005 15:23:38 UTC

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