[Accessibleweb] Is longdesc needed?
Richard B. Ells
rells at u.washington.edu
Mon Aug 30 08:52:39 PDT 2010
The message below was recently posted to the
University and College Webmasters [uwebd at listserver.itd.umich.edu]
email list. The question is whether the longdesc attribute, which allows
you to link a long description to a graphic, is something that should
survive. The HTML5 working group wants to drop it.
The links provided in the posting below give a good overview of the debate.
Subject: longdesc use case examples in the wild
From: Laura Carlson <lcarlson at d.umn.edu>
Date: Fri, 27 Aug 2010 03:58:50 -0500
The W3C HTML 5 Working Group Chairs have decided to drop the longdesc
attribute from the HTML specification after a poll on the issue 
The Chairs' Decision states that:
This issue can be reopened if new information comes up. Examples of
possible relevant new information include:
* use cases that specifically require longdesc,
* evidence that correct usage is growing rapidly and that that growth
is expected to continue, or
* widespread interoperable implementation.
I have been collecting examples of Longdesc Examples in the Wild. 
Any examples or input would be appreciated.
 HTML5 Working Group Decision on ISSUE-30 longdesc
By Sam Ruby, Maciej Stachowiak, and Paul Cotton
 ISSUE-30: include a longdesc attribute for images - Straw Poll for
Notice of Impending Formal Objection to HTML5 Issue 30 Decision (@longdesc)
Longdesc is Dead! Long Live Longdesc!
Strategic Decisions in a Strategy-less Environment
Podcast #83: Fate of Longdesc in HTML5
Alone in the Pitch Black Dark
No longdesc Attribute in HTML5
How do we save longdesc?
Laura L. Carlson
UW Information Technology
rells at uw.edu
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