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Re: FW: [NVDA] #809: Support for longdesc in web browsers

From: Silvia Pfeiffer <silviapfeiffer1@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 10 Nov 2012 07:51:35 +1100
Message-ID: <CAHp8n2=J9uUPHK0gFaM6FGqHBnOP=zCV5tkeFiFKn1Q5QAua1w@mail.gmail.com>
To: Charles McCathie Nevile <chaals@yandex-team.ru>
Cc: John Foliot <john@foliot.ca>, HTML Accessibility Task Force <public-html-a11y@w3.org>, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>
On Fri, Nov 9, 2012 at 11:03 PM, Charles McCathie Nevile <
chaals@yandex-team.ru> wrote:

> **
> On Thu, 08 Nov 2012 21:39:10 +0100, Silvia Pfeiffer <
> silviapfeiffer1@gmail.com> wrote:
> It is good to see more support for long description type features in
> screenreaders.
> Yes. But I agree with the NVDA guys - it is a shame that they have to do
> this because browsers aren't picking up the functionality themselves.
> That actually supports the argument made in [1] that we need a
> screen-reader only long description attribute (such as the proposed
> @aria-describedat) and should mark @longdesc deprecated for HTML5 and
> obsolete when @aria-describedat has arrived.
> One of the basic tenets behind my longdesc extensions spec is that this is
> a very minimal thing. I honestly hope that it gets overtaken by events.
> On the other hand, I have waited for that a long time. 4 1/2 years ago
> when I raised issue 30 I hoped something better would have already come
> along. If the best we can get is longdesc, it's better than nothing, so
> I'll take it over a promise of some wonderful future that might happen.
> (Actually no. When I am done with that, I'll be busy trying to build that
> wonderful future too. But the pessimist in me fears that the longdesc spec
> will prove to have been useful in its own right).

I'd like to encourage you to do both! :-)

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