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Re: Longdesc attribute for images

From: Jerry Weichbrodt <gerald.g.weichbrodt@ived.gm.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2003 11:14:53 -0400
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Rachel Tanenhaus" <rtanenhaus@adaptiveenvironments.org>
To: "Jerry Weichbrodt" <gerald.g.weichbrodt@ived.gm.com>;
Sent: Wednesday, June 18, 2003 11:07 AM
Subject: Re: Longdesc attribute for images

> Jerry Weichbrodt wrote the following:
> > Yes, it's true that graphical browsers used without AT have little use
> > the long description since the non-AT user presumeably can view the
> > directly.
> Hmmm.  Not entirely true - I have low vision myself, and I sometimes have
> difficulty seeing detailed graphics, such as charts/graphs/etc.  A
> description can help fill in the details for me.  I don't use a
> screenreader, but I find things like alt tags, d-links, etc. to be quite
> useful, because they let me know what I *didn't* see, if that makes sense.

Excellent point, and I stand corrected.  As well, long descriptions should
by all rights be available to anyone browsing with images disabled.  Perhaps
a note to mswish@microsoft.com and whatever other feedback addresses are
available from the other browser vendors is in order?

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