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Re: Support for longdesc

From: Joe Clark <joeclark@joeclark.org>
Date: Tue, 6 Aug 2002 21:31:50 -0400 (EDT)
To: WAI-IG <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Cc: b.kelly@ukoln.ac.uk
Message-ID: <Pine.BSO.4.40.0208062128520.24654-100000@ns1.seeto.com>

> I'm giving a talk on web accessibility shortly.  I'd like to know the
> status of mainstream browser support for LONGDESC.

Don't limit your options. Focus on the extent of *support*.

* iCab on Macintosh
* Mozilla and Netscape 6 and later
* IBM Home Page Reader (apparently)
* Jaws 4.01 and later

Nothing else that I know of. At all. The defunct Windows screen
reader pwWebSpeak used to support it.

> But doesn't say whether the file can be HTML, XHTML, plain text, etc.
> (or that it shouldn't be PDF, GIF, etc.!), can contains JavaScript, etc.
> Although the example give a file with a .html extension.

It can be any URI.

> If use of longdesc is needed to future-proof Web resources for when
> browser support is available, are their any guidelines on using
> longdesc?

There will be when we finally finish proofing my book and it gets


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