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Re: clarification sought on publishing alt text document as a WG note

From: Liam R E Quin <liam@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:11:43 -0400
To: Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>
Cc: public-html-a11y@w3.org
Message-ID: <20141014131143.5d47fc14.liam@w3.org>
On Tue, 14 Oct 2014 07:48:22 -0400
Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net> wrote:

>
> Normally the way things like these are handled is that the status 
> section is updated with a warning and a link to the relevant bugs, and 
> the heartbeat is published.
> 
> Two such bugs are linked in the previous heartbeat:
> 
> http://www.w3.org/TR/2012/WD-html-alt-techniques-20121025/
> 
> Is there any reason why such couldn't be done in this case?

Minuimum for me would be to link to
  https://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=26868
at the two examples (caption and complex image description) that should at least mention longdesc.

Since we had consensus on publishing longdesc I don't see how we could have consensus on a document that could be taken as implying (although it doesn't say) that one shouldn't use longdesc.

The TF hadn't reviewed the document, I think, in light of longdesc moving forward.

There are some other technical issues with it, but those don't (in my view) need to be resolved before a heartbeat can be published, and there are bugs on the ones I know about.

It would be helpful to wait until the Director's Decision was published on longdesc before putting this document out, even as a heartbeat, but that seems to be taking much longer than expected, and is a political rather than a technical request.

Hope this is clearer.

Liam

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