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Re: longdesc

From: Patrick H. Lauke <redux@splintered.co.uk>
Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2005 22:17:14 +0100
Message-ID: <433C59DA.8070403@splintered.co.uk>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

Charles McCathieNevile wrote:

> It is generally supported by extensions - there is an Opera script that  
> adds a link if you want it, and I believe there is something similar 
> for  IE. In Mozilla you can get the link in the properties, and then 
> copy/paste  it to follow - I am not sure if the Opera script was written 
> to work in  Mozilla too, but it may have been.

Pimping my own wares for Firefox:
(with a more thorough explanation and test page at 

But in general, it boils down to: if by "supported" we mean "exposed to 
the user in any kind of workable, user friendly way" then the answer 
looks rather bleak out of the box.
I would not rely on having important information simply linked to from a 
longdesc attribute - and I would certainly not advocate having the "[D]" 
link either. A discreet link with meaningful text after the image would 
be my choice...

Patrick H. Lauke
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