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Re: longdesc for an image used as a link

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 25 Apr 2002 17:52:47 -0400 (EDT)
To: David Poehlman <poehlman1@comcast.net>
cc: Jukka Korpela <jukka.korpela@tieke.fi>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0204251752290.21751-100000@tux.w3.org>
In which case it does seem a silly way to implement it.


On Thu, 25 Apr 2002, David Poehlman wrote:

  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,
  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
  link". Having done that, you could additionally use a longdesc

  Jukka Korpela
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