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Current status of longdesc in HTML5 spec

From: Mark Sadecki <mark@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 19 Sep 2013 08:53:35 -0400
Message-ID: <523AF3CF.1060809@w3.org>
To: "public-html-admin@w3.org" <public-html-admin@w3.org>, HTML A11Y TF Public <public-html-a11y@w3.org>
I noticed that the HTML WG expects to discuss (agenda topic 7a [1]) the issue of
longdesc being referred to as obsolete in the current HTML spec [2] (see bug 21341 [3]).
I believe the following quote from Plan 2014 [4] applies to this situation and should
be included in your discussion.

> To prevent unnecessary confusion, the HTML5 specification will drop explicit
> indications that any given extension is obsolete once an extension specification
> exists that has been published as a FPWD. Additionally, the W3C staff will watch
> for drafts being published and keep the W3C validator up to date as appropriate.



[1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html-wg-announce/2013JulSep/0024.html
[2] http://www.w3.org/TR/html5/obsolete.html#obsolete
[3] https://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=21341
[4] http://dev.w3.org/html5/decision-policy/html5-2014-plan.html#plan
Mark Sadecki
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World Wide Web Consortium, Web Accessibility Initiative
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