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Re: 48-Hour Consensus Call: ARIA-DescribedAT & Longdesc

From: Silvia Pfeiffer <silviapfeiffer1@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2012 13:56:57 -0700
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To: HTML Accessibility Task Force <public-html-a11y@w3.org>
On Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 9:45 AM, Janina Sajka <janina@rednote.net> wrote:
> Colleagues:
> On 29 March last the HTML-A11Y Task Force teleconference meeting
> reached consensus as follows:
> RESOLUTION: The HTML-A11Y Task Force confirms that ARIA-DescribedAT will
> not be ready for HTML 5 in HTML 5's currently published timeframe, and
> therefore reaffirms its support of Laura's authored CP to reinstate
> longdesc (Issue-30).
> The TF resolution, together with minutes of the discussion leading up to
> it, is logged at:
> http://www.w3.org/2012/03/29-html-a11y-minutes.html#item03
> As usual, if there is objection to this consensus position, please
> respond by replying to this message no later than close of business,
> Boston Time, on Monday 2 April.

I have two comments on this:

Laura's change proposal [1] asks for @longdesc to be reinstated for
<img> elements.
@longdesc is currently an obsolete attribute [2] for both, <img> and <iframe>.

First a question: we are not asking @longdesc to be reinstated for
<iframe>, or are we? And: why not?

Secondly my opinion: if we are not planning to introduce a
@aria-describedAt attribute into HTML5, we should drop issues 194 [3]
and 203 [4] and defer them to HTML.next. I don't want to see the
problem of long descriptions / transcripts solved for <video> elements
in isolation from other elements. It would make more sense to have a
common solution on all elements.


[1] http://www.w3.org/html/wg/wiki/ChangeProposals/InstateLongdesc
[2] http://www.w3.org/TR/html5/obsolete.html#non-conforming-features
[3] http://www.w3.org/html/wg/tracker/issues/194
[4] http://www.w3.org/html/wg/tracker/issues/203
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