Re: Opera 10.10 recently added longdesc support

On Tue, Sep 15, 2009 at 10:50 AM, Jonas Sicking <> wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 15, 2009 at 10:26 AM, Laura Carlson
> <> wrote:
>> Hi Aryeh
>> You wrote [1]:
>>> as far as I
>>> know, longdesc is so consistently misused that no user agent, AT or
>>> otherwise, bothers providing it to users in any obvious way by
>>> default.
>> Opera 10.10 recently added longdesc support
> Meanwhile, Firefox 3.6 is removing support for it [1]. I added support
> for it a long time ago in [2], in fact, it was one of my first patches
> as a Mozilla contributor. However it was deemed too much code
> (literally thousands of lines of code) for too little gain. In these
> cases we generally advice the use of an extension instead, which seems
> like it's going to happen here [3].
> Also, please don't argue to *me* that removing support is bad. First
> of all, as stated above, I was even the one that added the support way
> back when. Second, if you think this was a bad idea, it'll be much
> more productive to try to gather support for the extension than to try
> to argue in the bug. Extensions is a primary way for us to gather data
> on how popular a particular feature is. We always look towards popular
> extensions for ideas for features to integrate into Firefox.
> [1]
> [2]
> [3]
> / Jonas

Oh, I should also say that this doesn't at all affect what we expose
to AT software. It appears that we support @longdesc in the
accessibility code that talks to AT software, and that will still
remain the case in Firefox 3.6.

/ Jonas

Received on Tuesday, 15 September 2009 17:56:51 UTC