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Re: ISSUE 30 @longdesc use cases

From: Leif Halvard Silli <xn--mlform-iua@xn--mlform-iua.no>
Date: Tue, 24 Aug 2010 15:06:49 +0200
To: Silvia Pfeiffer <silviapfeiffer1@gmail.com>
Cc: Charles McCathieNevile <chaals@opera.com>, David Singer <singer@apple.com>, HTML Accessibility Task Force <public-html-a11y@w3.org>, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>, W3C WAI-XTECH <wai-xtech@w3.org>, Barry McMullin <barry.mcmullin@dcu.ie>
Message-ID: <20100824150649159080.2fa9751b@xn--mlform-iua.no>
Silvia Pfeiffer, Tue, 24 Aug 2010 15:00:19 +1000:
> On Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 11:50 PM, Charles McCathieNevile 
´>> On Mon, 23 Aug 2010 14:34:06 +0200, David Singer <singer@apple.com> 

> The only Websites that I have seen that use a link to a description 
> are Government Websites or Websites of Government-like organisations 
> that are not so worreid about their design, but very worried about 
> meeting WCAG requirements. I think it is being looked at as 
> non-elegant. For example, I am yet to find images on Apple's Websites 
> that have even a non-empty @alt attribute, not to speak of a detailed 
> description link.
> What I am mostly wondering about is whether in future we want to use 
> things like @longdesc or prefer to use @aria-described-by. Having 
> both doesn't seem to make sense to me.

Several differences between @longdesc and @aria-describedby have 
already been described - in the poll (by Gez) as well as just now, by 
John. [1]

In addition, some are contemplating adding something like a @aria-link 
attribute in the next version of ARIA. (This idea are sometimes 
presented as "making aria-describedby capable of containing links", 
however, Charles gives a more credible outlook when he described it as: 
[2] “having exactly the same attribute, with a new name, available on 
more elements, in some unspecified future when ARIA 2 is ready”. (Note 
that ARIA also has an alternative to @alt - @aria-label, which hasn't 
lead us to remove @alt.)

[1] http://www.w3.org/mid/036901cb4330$2307b530$69171f90$@edu

[2] http://www.w3.org/mid/op.vhcirn1zwxe0ny@widsith.local

leif halvard silli
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