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Call for Review: HTML5 Image Description Extension (longdesc) Last Call

From: Mark Sadecki <mark@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 16 Jul 2013 11:45:23 -0400
Message-ID: <51E56A93.2040508@w3.org>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
CC: Steve Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>, Charles McCathie Nevile <chaals@yandex-team.ru>, Janina Sajka <janina@rednote.net>
Dear WAI Interest Group Participants,

The HTML Accessibility Task Force [1], which is a joint task force of 
the Protocols and Formats Working Group (PFWG) and the HTML Working 
Group (HTML WG), invites your comments on the Last Call Working Draft of 
the HTML5 Image Description Extension at:

This specification ("HTML-longdesc") enables web authors to provide 
longer textual descriptions for complex images. HTML-longdesc is an 
extension specification that is part of the HTML5 family of 
specifications [2], which enables it to evolve independently and be 
finalized more rapidly. HTML-longdesc is part of W3C's work to ensure 
that the Open Web Platform [3] is accessible to people with disabilities 

This draft is based on feedback received on two previous Working Drafts 
and addresses a number of bugs that were raised and resolved. The HTML 
Accessibility Task Force believes this draft is stable and 
implementable, and looks forward to progressing to the next stages in 
completing the HTML5 Image Description Extension. "Last Call" and next 
stages are described in How WAI Develops Accessibility Guidelines 
through the W3C Process: Milestones and Opportunities to Contribute at: 

A list of changes since the previous publication and specific questions 
for review are available from the Change History section at:

Please send any comments on this Draft to the publicly-archived HTML 
Accessibility Task Force mailing list:
      *by 16 September 2013*

About the URI:
The first URI above goes to the latest version of the specification. The 
"dated" version of this Working Draft is:
The difference between these URIs is explained in Referencing and 
Linking to WAI Guidelines and Technical Documents at:

Please let us know if you have any questions. Feel free to circulate 
this message to other lists; please avoid cross-postings where possible. 
Thank you in advance for your comments.

~ Mark Sadecki, W3C Staff Contact for the HTML Accessibility Task Force
HTML Accessibility Task Force Co-Facilitators: Steve Faulkner, Charles 
McCathie-Neville, Janina Sajka
WAI Outreach Coordinator: Shawn Henry
WAI Domain Leader: Judy Brewer

[1] Task Force <http://www.w3.org/WAI/PF/html-accessibility-tf.html>
[2] Blog about extension specifications 
[3] Open Web Platform standards <http://www.w3.org/standards/>
[4] Accessibility - W3C 


Mark Sadecki
Web Accessibility Engineer
World Wide Web Consortium, Web Accessibility Initiative
Telephone: +1.617.715.4017
Email: mark@w3.org
Web: http://w3.org/People/mark
Received on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 15:45:24 UTC

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