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RE: use of the "d" link for images

From: Jamie Mackay <Jamie.Mackay@cultureandheritage.govt.nz>
Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2001 10:50:30 +1200
Message-ID: <21E9A6F96222D311882700508B2C47EE390BAC@MCA-NT1>
To: "'Graham Oliver'" <graham_oliver@yahoo.com>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Bone idleness - good point though! 

-----Original Message-----
From: Graham Oliver [mailto:graham_oliver@yahoo.com]
Sent: Thursday, April 26, 2001 10:36 AM
To: Jamie Mackay; 'David Poehlman'; Jeff Isom; w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: RE: use of the "d" link for images

Hey Jamie
I really like the way that you have done things, any
reason that you chose to leave out colour references?

--- Jamie Mackay
<Jamie.Mackay@cultureandheritage.govt.nz> wrote: >
Here is an example of what (I think) David is
> talking about:
> I tend to use both D links and Longdesc tags (though
> this provokes a bug in
> Bobby which complains about repeating the link
> phrase.) Hopefully one day I
> will be able to get rid of all the D tags, but in
> the meantime I use link
> titles to describe them. I don't think just
> "description of previous image"
> or something is adequate though is it? - surely the
> description should refer
> to the specific image if the link is going to be
> read out with a bunch of
> others?
> Jamie Mackay
> The second question is what form it should take.  I
> preffer telling
> people what is being described such as: "description
> of web access
> symbol".
> another approach is to write a separate page and
> provide a link such as:
> "descriptins of images on this page".  on the
> separate page, you can
> write the descriptions and title them accordingly. 
> you can even do this
> any way and use d links to call up the appropriate
> portions of the page
> but this does not always work.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Jeff Isom" <jeff@cpd2.usu.edu>
> To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
> Sent: Tuesday, April 24, 2001 4:55 PM
> Subject: use of the "d" link for images
> I understand the purpose of the "d" link is to
> provide the user with a
> description of a complex graphic.  Should all images
> have "d" links or
> only
> those that are complex?  In other words, although a
> description of an
> image
> may not be essential to the content of the site,
> would it be a good idea
> to
> give the user and opportunity to experience the
> graphic in a more
> meaningful
> way?
> In addition, it seems that using the "d" tag could
> be confusing to the
> user
> if there were a number of complex graphics on the
> page.  As the user
> tabbed
> throught the links they would hear "link d" . . .
> "link d" . . . "link
> d".
> They would have to work to figure out what image the
> link refers to.  I
> know
> this is convention for describing images, but is it
> the best approach?
> Jeff
> -----------------------------------
> Jeffrey Isom
> Instructional Designer
> Web Accessibility in Mind (http://www.webaim.org)
> Center for Persons with Disabilities
> Utah State University
> Logan, Utah   84322-6800
> (435) 797-7582

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