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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
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 Quin - XML Activity Lead, W3C, http://www.w3.org/People/Quin/
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