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Tool vendor offers to extend @longdesc support

From: Leif Halvard Silli <xn--mlform-iua@xn--mlform-iua.no>
Date: Fri, 1 Oct 2010 00:45:50 +0200
To: HTML Accessibility Task Force <public-html-a11y@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20101001004550935802.d2141948@xn--mlform-iua.no>
Challenge from XStandard's Vlad Alexander:

Current options:

]] What are the choices available to authoring tool vendors?
1. Do nothing. Leave the longdesc user interface as is - labeled 
according to past specs/guidelines and consequently meaningless to 
content authors.
2. Comply with the HTML5 spec and remove the longdesc from user 
3. Ignore the spec and build interfaces based on what each vendor 
thinks the function of longdesc is and how it should be presented. [[

The alternative:

]] * if you reinstate the longdesc attribute
   * if you define the content that appears in the alt attribute as 
"textual substitute" for an image, and content appearing in the 
longdesc as a "description" of the image
   * we at XStandard will build a user interface for longdesc that will 
actually encourage content authors to use this feature and use it 
correctly. [[
leif halvard silli
Received on Thursday, 30 September 2010 22:46:57 UTC

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