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Re: D-links...

From: Kynn Bartlett <kynn-hwg@idyllmtn.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 1998 09:43:40 -0700
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To: David Suarez De Lis <phdavidl@usc.es>
Cc: WAI-IG Mailing List <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
At 11:16 a.m. 04/24/98 +0200, David Suarez De Lis wrote:
>a Lynx-friendly solution I adopted a while ago is that when I have a
>picture I want people to see is make an anchor to that pic so people may
>download it (maybe they can see it in another place, was my reasoning.)
>I hadn't really thought about describing the picture[...]
>for those who weren't able to see it.

This isn't a bad idea.

><a href="d-link.html#me1" 
>   title="A picture of me - follow this link for a description">
>    <img src="images/me1.jpg" 
>         alt="This is me - follow this link for a description" 
>         height=Y width=X longdesc="d-link.html#me1">

The only problem, of course, is when that image is used as a link

>This way everybody wins. d-link.html may even be a "canonical" file the
>same way index.html (or even home.html) is now...

Well, except it's "canonical" only because the _server_ (not the
web page creator nor the web browser) thinks it is.  In other words,
when I say 'http://www.hwg.org/', it's the HWG web server that
chooses to give me index.html, not my browser that asks for it.

>Visual UA's could provide a colored border around the figure
>and voice browsers could simply say "Description available" or something
>the like.

Except with visual UAs, the web author would want to turn this
off.  Why?  Because web authors _love_ turning off borders around
pictures.  Forcing a border back on them for the sake of giving
accessibility features doesn't mean they'll "just have to live
with the border" -- it means they'll dump the accessibility

Kynn Bartlett <kynn@hwg.org>
Governing Board Member, HTML Writers Guild
Education and Outreach working group member,
  Web Accessibility Initiative
Received on Friday, 24 April 1998 12:42:10 UTC

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