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RE: Longdesc attribute for images

From: John Foliot - WATS.ca <foliot@wats.ca>
Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2003 11:22:28 -0400
To: "Jerry Weichbrodt" <gerald.g.weichbrodt@ived.gm.com>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <GKEFJJEKDDIMBHJOGLENEEMNDNAA.foliot@wats.ca>

apologies, that would be circa 2000...

> -----Original Message-----
> From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org]On
> Behalf Of John Foliot - WATS.ca
> Sent: Wednesday, June 18, 2003 11:06 AM
> To: Jerry Weichbrodt; w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
> Subject: RE: Longdesc attribute for images
>
>
>
> 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.
> > >
> >
> --
> 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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