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Re: Working Group Decision on ISSUE-30 longdesc

From: Denis Boudreau <dboudreau@webconforme.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Aug 2010 10:37:29 -0400
Cc: Karl Dubost <karl+w3c@la-grange.net>, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>, HTML Accessibility Task Force <public-html-a11y@w3.org>
Message-Id: <D7FE369E-7F19-49AB-A98B-7468DF361DE6@webconforme.com>
To: Roy T. Fielding <fielding@gbiv.com>
Hi everyone,

On 2010-08-13, at 3:46 AM, Roy T. Fielding wrote:

>> * How many and which assistive technologies are using longdesc (full browser, OS level, plugin, etc.)?
> That is a much better question, but will leave it to an AT expert to answer.

As it stands, Jaws and Window-Eyes are using and fully support @longdesc by announcing to the user that the image suggests a long description and the user can activate the corresponding link to get to the page where that description is provided.

NVDA doesn't (yet) and I haven't seen anything relating to @longdesc support in their roadmap, but it doesn't mean it will not get implemented eventually. This is not a complicated feature to add in.

As it turns out, Jaws and NVDA constitute the vast majority of screen readers used out there, so both supporting should be satisfying enough.

Denis Boudreau
Received on Friday, 13 August 2010 14:38:01 UTC

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