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Re: LONGDESC: some current problems and a proposed solution added to the wiki

From: Sander Tekelenburg <st@isoc.nl>
Date: Sun, 1 Jul 2007 19:20:51 +0200
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At 18:28 +1000 UTC, on 2007-07-01, Lachlan Hunt wrote:


> It is questionable whether embed needs to have fallback content, like
> img does.  Since it is for embedding content for plugins, ideally the
> content itself and plugin would be made accessibile to the user.  In the
> case of Flash, for example, I believe it is possible to make it
> accessible and there is no need for alternative content to be provided
> for accessibility reasons.

"Using Macromedia Flash Player 8, people with visual disabilities may now
access the web using either Window-Eyes from GW Micro or JAWS from Freedom
Scientific" --

So "accessibility" (which Adobe doesn't define) can be made available only to
users of two specific products. (Not to mention the specific versions of
those products, and the specific environments that those products require.)

I would imagine that if it were possible for Adobe to provide Flash
accessibility for any browsing environment, they'd prefer that -- likely to
be less work than having to develop accessibility for individual browsing

So when speaking about Flash, it would seem that there is no such thing as a
generic "accessibility" and that such a thing is impossible.

And that's only considering one single plugin.


>> 4. <video> and <audio> with (HTML) fallback derived from content
> Note that the spec states that "User agents should not show this
> fallback content to the user."  The fallback in this case is designed
> for legacy user agents that do not support those elements, so that the
> author can, for example, either embed the file using <object> or link to
> the file for the user to download and play separately.

I'm not sure I understand. You mean like <video src="movie.ogm"><a
href="movie.ogm">watch movie</a></video>?

Sander Tekelenburg
The Web Repair Initiative: <http://webrepair.org/>
Received on Sunday, 1 July 2007 17:26:10 UTC

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