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Call for Consensus: longdesc stand-alone spec

From: Charles McCathie Nevile <chaals@yandex-team.ru>
Date: Thu, 19 Dec 2013 03:48:07 +0100
To: "public-html-a11y@w3.org" <public-html-a11y@w3.org>
Message-ID: <op.w8bjehsty3oazb@chaals.local>

this is a call for Consensus on the following proposition:

The HTML Accessibility Task Force requests that the HTML Image Description  
Extension be treated as a stand-alone specification, published if possible  
as a Recommendation as fast as it meets the relevant process requirements.

Positive responses are preferred but silence will be considered assent.  
Responses will be accepted until midnight Hawaiian time Tuesday 31st  
December 2013.

This issue has been discussed at numerous Task Force teleconferences.  
While the specification depends on the img element in the HTML5  
specification, it appears very unlikely that that element will be changed  
in a way that breaks the dependency. Current W3C Policy, as demonstrated  
in precedents such as the Geolocation API, Web Storage, and the Widget  
Interface, allows a specification to move forward if its normative  
references are considered highly stable even if they are not formally  

This would therefore allow the HTML Image Description Extension to  
progress in a "natural" timeframe, rather than being held up for a purely  
administrative restriction on publishing.

For the Task Force

Charles McCathie Nevile - Consultant (web standards) CTO Office, Yandex
       chaals@yandex-team.ru         Find more at http://yandex.com
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