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Re: hypothetical question on longdesc

From: Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>
Date: Sat, 17 Mar 2012 10:38:46 -0400
Message-ID: <4F64A1F6.7070102@intertwingly.net>
To: Leif Halvard Silli <xn--mlform-iua@xn--mlform-iua.no>
CC: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>, Paul Cotton <Paul.Cotton@microsoft.com>, HTML Accessibility Task Force <public-html-a11y@w3.org>, public-html@w3.org
On 03/17/2012 09:38 AM, Leif Halvard Silli wrote:
> QUESTION: Can you give us a hint about how it would be evaluated if
> Lauras - or another - proposal promotes @longdesc for *any* element
> that have role=img, versus Laura's current proposal - which - though it
> also contains language which says that one could expand its use -
> allows it on the img element alone?

*IF* such a proposal is brought forward to expand its use, then we will 
evaluate it.

Meanwhile, we desperately need to break out of the following state:

1) We need a decision *now* on longdesc
2) We are still working on proposals for longdesc
3) The chairs are jerks

It is theoretically possible for longdesc to be 'instated' as a valid 
attribute on img in HTML5, but removed in HTML.next.  It is also 
theoretically possible that longdesc is a valid attribute on img in 
HTML5, and will be valid on div too in HTML.next.

If people are happy with one or more proposals as they exist today for 
issues 30 or issue 204, then I have a simple request: STOP WORKING ON 
THEM!  If not, then my request is: bring forward a complete proposal: NOW!

We need to get HTML5 behind us, so that we can get to have this fun all 
over again.

- Sam Ruby
Received on Saturday, 17 March 2012 14:39:18 UTC

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