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Re: code samples for extended description

From: White, Jason J <jjwhite@ets.org>
Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2016 01:15:03 +0000
To: "Liam R. E. Quin" <liam@w3.org>
CC: "Siegman, Tzviya - Hoboken" <tsiegman@wiley.com>, ARIA Working Group <public-aria@w3.org>, "DPUB mailing list (public-digipub-ig@w3.org)" <public-digipub-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <F5ACE1CB-55CE-4D50-95CC-A0092477F066@ets.org>

> On Jan 12, 2016, at 18:35, Liam R. E. Quin <liam@w3.org> wrote:
>
> On Tue, 2016-01-12 at 21:16 +0000, White, Jason J wrote:
>>> On Jan 12, 2016, at 14:57, Siegman, Tzviya - Hoboken <tsiegman@wile
>>> y.com> wrote:
>>>
>>> One of the issues that we have not fully resolved is that,
>>> especially when using <details> and <summary>, there is nothing to
>>> indicate to users that the content is a description.
>
> [...]
>
>> This can be solved today by providing suitable text in the SUMMARY
>> element, as your examples demonstrate. I wouldn’t be opposed to a new
>> ArIA property, but I suspect the need for it is overestimated.
>
> I worry first that it's hard enough to get people to add image
> descriptions; do you think people would actually put appropriate text?

Yes, I think the people who make the effort to use the ALT attribute, then to include a detailed description, are exactly the authors who are most likely to place appropriate text in the SUMMARY element.

> In addition, how will people who see the images feel about the text?

This depends on whether the media query becomes available, as has been proposed, for authors to hide the SUMMARY/DETAILS elements from people who do not elect to view extended descriptions.

Finding out to what extent people are in fact annoyed by such additional text would be worthy of an empirical investigation.


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