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Re: longdesc for an image used as a link

From: David Poehlman <poehlman1@comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 25 Apr 2002 06:45:50 -0400
To: Jukka Korpela <jukka.korpela@tieke.fi>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-id: <000a01c1ec46$5e404260$19e03244@DAVIDPOEHLMAN>
one way that long desc is supported is to provide a link to the
description within the long desc so it might be a tad confusing to nest
a link within a link.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Jukka Korpela" <jukka.korpela@tieke.fi>
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Thursday, April 25, 2002 5:05 AM
Subject: RE: longdesc for an image used as a link


goliver@accease.com wrote:

> Anyone ever felt compelled to use the longdesc
> attribute for an image used as a link?

If I ever felt _compelled_ to use the longdesc attribute, I would _know_
that this is not the place to use it!

The point is that since browser support is, eh, how would I put it,
limited,
one shouldn't _rely_ on the longdesc attribute, now or in the next few
years. If the user needs to be able to access a long description of the
image, the best way is to write a normal link to the description, in a
manner that makes it fairly obvious what it is. For example, you could
put a
caption text below the image and make it a link, or you could explicitly
write "<p>(There is also a <a href="...">textual description of our
organization</a> available.)</p>", or you could, if you prefer, write a
"D
link". Having done that, you could additionally use a longdesc
attribute.

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Jukka Korpela
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