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RE: longdesc verbiage

From: John Foliot <jfoliot@stanford.edu>
Date: Mon, 9 May 2011 11:48:53 -0700 (PDT)
To: "'Charles McCathieNevile'" <chaals@opera.com>, "'HTML Accessibility Task Force'" <public-html-a11y@w3.org>, "'Silvia Pfeiffer'" <silviapfeiffer1@gmail.com>, "'Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis'" <bhawkeslewis@googlemail.com>
Message-ID: <016701cc0e79$be2ddc50$3a8994f0$@edu>
Charles McCathieNevile wrote:
> In fact substantial amounts of Web content are maintained in processes
> which assume the presence of "hidden" metadata (which is actually
> readily
> discoverable) and require maintenance of that data as well as of the
> "primary" content (that is immediately visible by default).

Investigated and reported here: http://john.foliot.ca/wysiwyg_longdesc/ 

>  In
> addition,
> where an image is not changed, it is unlikely that a well crafted
> description needs to be changed, so there is no inherent degradation.


> While longdesc does not require "hidden" metadata (it can be used
> simply
> to unambiguously identify inline content of the page as a description
> for
> an image), there are use cases which benefit from the ability to
> support
> it. Images maintained as resources in a content management system, or
> even
> just by copying and pasting the img tag with a link inside it such as
> longdesc provides, can easily re-use the description rather than
> requiring
> that it too be replicated. This matches common workflows for managed
> content, and there is no reason to make it difficult. It is normal in
> authoring tools that copying objects between pages may require
> rewriting
> links appropriately (their destinations are, after all "hidden"), and
> this
> does not seem to break the web.

I can support this text.

Received on Monday, 9 May 2011 18:49:22 UTC

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