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Re: ISSUE-30 longdesc - Chairs Solicit Alternate Proposals or Counter-Proposals

From: Silvia Pfeiffer <silviapfeiffer1@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 2 Jun 2011 09:18:21 +1000
Message-ID: <BANLkTikhN_KHioTH2CgFZbkzyddMAk4fuQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc>
Cc: Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>, HTML WG LIST <public-html@w3.org>
I am told that right now browsers turn the html snippet that
aria-describedby points to into plain text before giving it to
accessibiltiy APIs and thus screen readers cannot e.g. change their
accent to a different content language, or point out that there's a
url to another resource.

Thus, I suggest your change proposal should also include that browsers
need to expose the markup of the html snippet(s) that aria-describedby
points to to accessibility APIs.


On Thu, May 26, 2011 at 8:28 AM, Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc> wrote:
> I'd like to write a counter proposal. The proposal would request that
> the spec specifically points out that the ARIA spec already requires
> that aria-describedby can point to rich content, including <a>-links.
> The proposal would further make pointing aria attributes (including
> aria-describedby) to elements that are "hidden" using the @hidden
> attribute legal.
> I should have time to write such a proposal before June 25th.
> / Jonas
> On Wed, May 25, 2011 at 9:01 AM, Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net> wrote:
>> 'Should HTML 5 include a longdesc attribute for images'
>> The current status for this issue:
>> http://www.w3.org/html/wg/tracker/issues/30
>> http://dev.w3.org/html5/status/issue-status.html#ISSUE-30
>> This issue was reopened on March 2nd 2011:
>> http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2011Mar/0037.html
>> We have a single Change Proposal to include longdesc in HTML5:
>> http://www.w3.org/html/wg/wiki/ChangeProposals/InstateLongdesc
>> At this time the Chairs would also like to solicit alternate Change
>> Proposals (possibly with "zero edits" as the Proposal Details), in case
>> anyone would like to advocate the status quo or a different change than the
>> specific one in the existing Change Proposal.
>> The following Change Proposal can be resubmitted, but we strongly urge it to
>> be updated to reflect the new information provided before doing so:
>> http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2010Feb/0393.html
>> If no counter-proposals or alternate proposals are received by June 25th,
>> 2011, we will proceed to evaluate the Change Proposal that we have received
>> to date.
>> - Sam Ruby
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