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Re: longdesc - beside the box

From: Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis <bhawkeslewis@googlemail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2011 11:30:56 +0100
Message-ID: <BANLkTi=r=FdFrYWT8t10jPU=eQhnOrmqZw@mail.gmail.com>
To: Leif Halvard Silli <xn--mlform-iua@xn--mlform-iua.no>
Cc: HTMLWG WG <public-html@w3.org>
On Mon, Apr 25, 2011 at 6:52 AM, Leif Halvard Silli
<xn--mlform-iua@xn--mlform-iua.no> wrote:
> Jonas asked for thinking outside the box. I note:
> * We want images with longdesc link to be keyboard focusable.
> * There is an idea that it img is not the only elements that could need
> a long desc link.
> So what about a global attribute which can point to a anchor element
> that acts as description link?

You could get similar benefits by reusing "longdesc":

   1. Suggesting interactive UAs make elements with "longdesc" focusable.
   2. Suggesting interactive UAs provide a mode in which elements with
"longdesc" are indicated.
   3. Allowing "longdesc" on other elements that you want to allow to
have long descriptions.

As with your proposed attribute, you could easily have a visible link
that also points to the long description.

By allowing your proposed attribute to point to invisible links
without link text, I think you open it to the same problems of hidden
metadata as "longdesc".

It's not clear to me how your proposal would be more palatable to the
WG than reinstating "longdesc".

Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis
Received on Monday, 25 April 2011 10:31:24 UTC

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