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RE: Moving longdesc forward: Recap, updates, consensus

From: John Foliot <jfoliot@stanford.edu>
Date: Fri, 6 May 2011 08:18:00 -0700 (PDT)
To: "'Geoff Freed'" <geoff_freed@wgbh.org>, "'Charles McCathieNevile'" <chaals@opera.com>, "'Richard Schwerdtfeger'" <schwer@us.ibm.com>, "'Leif Halvard Silli'" <xn--mlform-iua@xn--mlform-iua.no>
Cc: "'Laura Carlson'" <laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com>, "'Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis'" <bhawkeslewis@googlemail.com>, "'HTML Accessibility Task Force'" <public-html-a11y@w3.org>, "'Steve Faulkner'" <sfaulkner@paciellogroup.com>
Message-ID: <025101cc0c00$c8b63760$5a22a620$@edu>
Geoff Freed wrote:
> On 5/6/11 6:05 AM, "Charles McCathieNevile" <chaals@opera.com>
> wrote:
>> On Fri, 06 May 2011 03:58:12 +0200, Leif Halvard Silli
>> <xn--mlform-iua@målform.no> wrote:
>>> I could although I do think it has mainstream benefits. Should we push

>>> for this to be a MUST
> GF:
> I also agree.


>>> and accept a SHOULD if it is not acceptable to
>>> browser manufacturers?
>> Hmmm. Browser manufacturers all already recognise it in the DOM (it's
>> required for compatibility with e.g. screen readers that look for it).
>> Adding an extension to a browser to find it is not that difficult (If I

>> can get it half right in a couple of days a real programmer can do this

>> easily).
>>> My concern is that if we make it a SHOULD we remove the argument that
>>> there are mainstream benefits from longdesc.
>> And mine is that if it's only a should we suggest that this isn't
>> functionality, just a nice-to-have, which is incorrect.
> GF:
> Ditto.

+1 again. There should be no uncertainty, no doubt. It has been argued
that the information that @longdesc provides can often be useful for users
other than those that are blind, and that can be a compelling argument on
many levels. User Agents MUST provide a means of exposing *specific*
author data that exists in the DOM - we draw the line on prescribing how,
but insist that it be done somehow. This is an important accessibility
feature that is required (by users and authors), not a small favor we are
begging of the User Agents.

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