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RE: providing a long description using the summary and details elements.

From: John Foliot <jfoliot@stanford.edu>
Date: Wed, 25 Aug 2010 08:50:14 -0700 (PDT)
To: "'Laura Carlson'" <laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com>, "'Leif Halvard Silli'" <xn--mlform-iua@xn--mlform-iua.no>
Cc: "'Steven Faulkner'" <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>, "'HTMLWG WG'" <public-html@w3.org>, "'HTML Accessibility Task Force'" <public-html-a11y@w3.org>
Message-ID: <010b01cb446d$31baa270$952fe750$@edu>
Laura Carlson wrote:
> But @longdesc already does that. And @longdesc does it out of page
> too. We need both.

+1 to that Laura. @longdesc can point to both URIs *and* IDREFs, and in that 
instance is almost unique to all the other solutions being discussed.

"I have begun to change my mind about longdesc. I used to accept that it 
wasn’t particularly smart design. It clearly has a bunch of problems, like 
being “dark metadata”, so is more likely to work when people are careful 
about making content and more likely to break if people do a slap-dash 
amateur job. But the only credible alternatives I have seen (like Kyle, 
things that impose constraints on design generally strike me as not really 
credible) are a suggestion to replace it with another attribute. With a new 
name. That does. THE. SAME. THING."

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