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RE: LONGDESC

From: Aaron Smith <aaron@gwmicro.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Oct 2002 15:34:51 -0500
Message-Id: <5.2.0.5.0.20021018152317.012b9cc8@mail.gwmicro.com>
To: jim@jimthatcher.com, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Thanks, Jim and Phil.

One of the reasons that a screen reader would not want to do what you 
described below is because, in the utopian sense of the word, a screen 
reader simply reads what is rendered on the screen, and does not perform 
any rendering itself.

In my personal opinion/question, that should be up to the UA as this 
feature is not only helpful to screen reader users but users of non-visual 
browsers, right?

Aaron

At 03:06 PM 10/18/2002 -0500, Jim Thatcher wrote:


>Hi Arron,
>
>It is up to you, i.e., to the assistive technology! For example, Home Page
>Reader renders a link "Long Description" next to the image with
>href="graph1.htm" from your example. I would think that would make sense for
>a screen reader too.
>
>Jim
>Accessibility Consulting
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>
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org]On
>Behalf Of Aaron Smith
>Sent: Friday, October 18, 2002 2:42 PM
>To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
>Subject: LONGDESC
>
>
>I find myself suddenly confused about the LONGDESC attribute. According to
>http://www.w3.org/WAI/wcag-curric/sam3-0.htm, the LONGDESC attribute
>resides in an image tag such as the following:
>
><IMG SRC="graph1.gif" LONGDESC="graph1.htm" ALT="3-d sales chart.">
>
>But when is access to graph1.htm presented to the user? Is this IMG
>supposed to be a link to graph1.htm? Is the UA supposed to render a D link
>to the LONGDESC URI immediately following the IMG object? Is an AT supposed
>to simply announce the URI? I assume that the average user isn't supposed
>to view the source, copy the URI. and paste it into the address edit box
>just to find the LONGDESC text, right?
>
>Can someone educate me?
>
>Thanks,
>
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