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RE: Longdesc attribute for images

From: John Foliot - WATS.ca <foliot@wats.ca>
Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2003 11:06:26 -0400
To: "Jerry Weichbrodt" <gerald.g.weichbrodt@ived.gm.com>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <GKEFJJEKDDIMBHJOGLENEEMLDNAA.foliot@wats.ca>

IBM HPR does support Longdesc... to my knowledge it was one of the first to
do it properly (I recall pwWebspeak - circa 200 -  indicating the presence
of LONGDESC, but not exposing the functionality to the user...)

JF


> -----Original Message-----
> From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org]On
> Behalf Of Jerry Weichbrodt
> Sent: Wednesday, June 18, 2003 10:38 AM
> To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
> Subject: Re: Longdesc attribute for images
>
>
>
> Yes, it's true that graphical browsers used without AT have little use for
> the long description since the non-AT user presumeably can view the image
> directly.  I believe both JAWS and WindowEyes screen readers make
> use of the
> exposed LongDesc and truly do give blind web surfers the
> opportunity to open
> the long description for information on the image they aren't seeing.  I
> imagine IBM Home Page Reader gives access to Longdesc as well.  If Lynx
> doesn't support Longdesc, I think it really should since the long
> description is a powerful way to render images as meaningful text
> that's as
> long as necessary to do the full job of describing an image.
>
> Regards,
> Jerry
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Jon Hanna" <jon@spin.ie>
> To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
> Sent: Wednesday, June 18, 2003 9:01 AM
> Subject: RE: Longdesc attribute for images
>
>
> > > On my own experience, no graphical browser accept the longdesc
> > > attribute for img or frames.
> >
> > IE and Mozilla both expose the longdesc attribute. Mozilla also gives it
> as
> > a property of the image.
> >
> > Graphical browsers used raw (that is, without any AT) have
> little use for
> > longdesc beyond that.
> >
>
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John Foliot  foliot@wats.ca
Web Accessibility Specialist / Co-founder of WATS.ca
Web Accessibility Testing and Services
http://www.wats.ca   1.866.932.4878 (North America)
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