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Re: Drop longdesc, get aria-describedat?

From: Leif Halvard Silli <xn--mlform-iua@xn--mlform-iua.no>
Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2012 21:19:28 +0100
To: John Foliot <john@foliot.ca>
Cc: Charles McCathieNevile <chaals@opera.com>, Richard Schwerdtfeger <schwer@us.ibm.com>, W3C WAI-XTECH <wai-xtech@w3.org>, HTML Accessibility Task Force <public-html-a11y@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20120312211928945632.effa6a50@xn--mlform-iua.no>
John Foliot, Mon, 12 Mar 2012 14:53:27 -0400:

> Frankly, this entire thread has been nothing more than a 
> time-sink rehashing the same old same-old, allowing those who want to 
> dump @longdesc the opportunity (once again) to suggest "...those a11y 
> folks don't even know what they want" - which is pretty far from the 
> real truth, but continued hand-wringing and teeth gnashing over this 
> is truly not helping anything. Let @longdesc be retained in HTML5 and 
> then we can look to improve upon it in a measured and reasonable 
> time-frame.

I continue to see the fact that we don't have 'the ARIA feature' as a 
one of the most credible reasons to retain 'the HTML feature'. 
Especially now that we know that PF wants to implement 'an ARIA 
feature'. But @longdesc's retainment would be even more credible, if 
ARIA formally already did EITHER incorporate 'the HTML feature', like 
it does with @alt, OR - in addition - had invented 'the ARIA feature'. 
Clearly Charles expressed impatience with PF. And I support you and him 
on that.

Btw, has anyone filed a Chromium or Vox bug? Here is the Webkit bug: 
Leif H Silli
Received on Monday, 12 March 2012 20:20:04 UTC

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