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Re: Notice of impending Formal Objection to Issue 30 Decision (@longdesc)

From: Denis Boudreau <dboudreau@webconforme.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Aug 2010 10:39:16 -0400
Cc: "'Leif Halvard Silli'" <xn--mlform-iua@xn--mlform-iua.no>, "'David Singer'" <singer@apple.com>, "'HTML Accessibility Task Force'" <public-html-a11y@w3.org>
Message-Id: <79E18098-DE57-4895-B19D-27CB454928FF@webconforme.com>
To: John Foliot <jfoliot@stanford.edu>
Hi again,

On 2010-08-13, at 12:17 AM, John Foliot wrote:

> Which begs another question: what 'penalty' will authors encounter if they
> continue to use @longdesc in their HTML5 documents? If the answer is none
> (save the inability to display a non-existent "conformance badge"), then I
> know what I will continue to advocate and teach (users over authors,
> authors over implementers, implementers over technical purity). 

I feel the exact same way.

As someone who is in charge of offering accessibility training and consulting services to the large majority of government employees in the province of Quebec, I will definitely continue to advocate for @longdesc even if HTML5 rules it out.

I've been a faithful promoter of compliancy and valid code for the past 10 years, but if I have to throw that aside in order to ensure end users can still benefit from a relevant accessibility feature, then so be it. 

I'm pretty sure I will not be the only one and at the end of the day, I can live with an HTML error such as this one.

I think what we've done with HTML5 is great. I think the language is definitely worth using. But I can learn to live with one page not validating once in a while if it means providing a much needed structured description to an otherwise non-textual complex content.

Users over authors, authors over implementers, implementers over technical purity. So totally true.

That, my friends, is real pragmatism.

Denis Boudreau
Received on Friday, 13 August 2010 14:39:48 UTC

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