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Re: Drop longdesc, get aria-describedat?

From: Silvia Pfeiffer <silviapfeiffer1@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Mar 2012 10:45:55 +1100
Message-ID: <CAHp8n2n1jeAgdJ+e-6xrUKxZTnWjEHm-4yVBQhPcs5nintpyPw@mail.gmail.com>
To: Leif Halvard Silli <xn--mlform-iua@xn--mlform-iua.no>, Richard Schwerdtfeger <schwer@us.ibm.com>, W3C WAI-XTECH <wai-xtech@w3.org>, HTML Accessibility Task Force <public-html-a11y@w3.org>
On Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 9:28 AM, Janina Sajka <janina@rednote.net> wrote:
> ARIA will do DescribedAT. When we do we will consider ramifications
> across multiple markup environments, as we have always done, e.g. in a
> separate response to Silvia Pfeiffer I noted that we're considering use
> cases and requirements from Epub. Another example, we're interested in
> ARIA over SVG.
> So, writing an ARIA-DescribedAT should be considered an option to submit
> to PF. That's certainly acceptable.
> However, this wouldn't produce a solution today, or even next month, and
> a11y has been waiting a long time.

This is why I am suggesting a Community Group. A CG has the advantage
of being able to specify technology that is required now and allows
browsers to implement it in a compatible manner as a precursor to the
PF picking it up for the next version of ARIA. There is a clearly
defined path to take a specification from a CG and turn it into/add it
to a W3C recommendation. We could get something now without disrupting
the existing process for the ARIA specification.

> My druthers would be to accept longdesc right away and call it obsolete
> but conforming. That clearly signals that a replacement is expected
> while providing needed functionality right away--the same it has been
> available since html 4. As I said, this is my
> preference.

I agree with this. Doing this and in parallel creating a CG on
aria-describedat that takes on the requirements already collected in
Epub would IMO provide the fastest way forward.

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