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Re: ISSUE-30 longdesc Re: Clarification of rational for deprecation...

From: James Graham <jg307@cam.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 06 Feb 2008 14:39:23 +0000
Message-ID: <47A9C69B.1060904@cam.ac.uk>
To: Charles McCathieNevile <chaals@opera.com>
CC: HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>

Charles McCathieNevile wrote:
> Longdesc is not a perfect solution. But in terms of design it seems a 
> lot better thought out than alt - it may be badly used at least as 
> often, but were well used it is able to improve more in more cases...

I'm prepared to bet that, given a choice, the majority of blind users would take 
a browser that supported only alt over one that only supported longdesc.

This seems to be a classic example of "worse is better"; whilst the design of 
alt is considerably less powerful than longdesc, that simplicity has made it 
easier to get people to understand how to use it correctly, and to actually 
deploy it on their sites.

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  -- Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
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