Expanding longdesc use

Hi Silvia,

In the other thread you said,

> My main reason for going for another attribute is that I
> want it used for more than just <img>.

No reason why longdesc could not do that. John has longdesc
incorporated into a couple of his media change proposals. If I recall
correctly Janina may have mentioned at one time for a replacement for
a table summary.

After it is reinstated in HTML, if use cases are presented, the
longdesc attribute could very well fulfill those use cases by being
made a valid attribute on elements that need a semantic, programmatic
determinable long description or if warranted by being made a global
attribute. This would enable developers of tools producing HTML to use
the same native HTML mechanism for adding descriptions.

In fact, Jonas responded to a question asking, "Would it be possible
to make longdesc a global attribute?" by saying, "This is software,
anything is possible" [1].

Best Regards,

[1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2011Mar/0624.html

Received on Tuesday, 13 March 2012 20:33:45 UTC