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Re: About longdesc and table summary (attribute) in HTML5

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Tue, 16 Nov 2010 09:36:12 +0000 (UTC)
To: Laura Carlson <laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com>
cc: www-archive@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.64.1011160933460.11018@ps20323.dreamhostps.com>

-public-html-a11y, since nobody wants us to resume this flamewar.

On Tue, 16 Nov 2010, Laura Carlson wrote:
> On 11/15/10, Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch> wrote:
> > 
> > When a tool is consistently misused, one can blame the user, but at 
> > the end of the day one must also consider how to fix the tool.
> The problem is that the tool wasn't fixed. It was thrown away.

The tool is HTML.

Viewing longdesc="" as the tool is exactly the problem I described. You 
need to look at the accessibility of the platform as a whole.

> Obsolescing longdesc will cause confusion and result in mixed messages 
> between existing Guidelines, Laws, Policy, and Standards and HTML5. 

Obsolescing longdesc will improve accessibility. And that's what matters.

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