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Re: Clarification of rational for deprecation of @longdesc and @summary

From: Thomas Broyer <t.broyer@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2008 12:35:39 +0100
Message-ID: <a9699fd20802180335t406019d9y4c47729fbd6c3ef1@mail.gmail.com>
To: public-html@w3.org

On Feb 18, 2008 12:24 PM, Richard Schwerdtfeger wrote:
> If wai-aria goes in we have an aria-describedby property which can reference
> an area of the document allowing for the prose to be associated with the
> image. longdesc is almost never used as people want to use the same prose in
> the original document.

Something like the following?

<table longdesc="#my_longdesc">
<div id="my_longdesc">

If authors don't do that, I think it means that:
 * either they don't know they can
 * or they just don't want

If it's the former case, it might be a problem of misinformation
and/or editors not allowing them to do it.
If it's the latter case, aria-describedby won't help.

Thomas Broyer
Received on Monday, 18 February 2008 11:35:47 UTC

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