Full Article Attached HTML 4.0 longdesc Attribute and Accessibility

Friday July 16th, 1999

Joe Clark and Aaron Doust are looking for feedback on various ways of displaying long, alternative text descriptions of images (including the HTML 4.0 "longdesc" attribute). They have a few test cases that they'd like people to test and give feedback on. Click "Full Article" below for Joe's writeup.

#1 I don't see any <longdesc> description tag i

by jensend

Saturday July 17th, 1999 10:03 AM

I am running M8 on Windows 98, and I don't see any way of accessing the <longdesc> information on the page.

#2 I don't see any <longdesc> description tag i

by Anon

Saturday July 17th, 1999 11:36 AM

ditto here

#3 Image comments

by Anon

Saturday July 17th, 1999 11:39 AM

Well, if you are taking any and all comments:

Don't most image formats support internal comments themselves? How about extracting this info for those with accessibility issues. It could be an option or something ("Extract detailed image comments"). This info could be presented in a number of ways, according to how the page was being accessed. Of course, *this* would require that the people making the images actually *add* comments to their images, which is basically the same problem as trying to get people to add comments to their HTML (via ALT attribs).

my 2 cents, Aaron (a.k.a. I'm-Too-Lazy-To-Log-In-Why-Isn't-A-Cookie-Saved)

#5 Image comments

by Anon

Saturday July 17th, 1999 3:31 PM

This solution requires a fetch of the object in question before comments can be shown. For obvious reasons this is suboptimal

#6 See Bug #1996

by Anon

Monday July 19th, 1999 5:18 PM

<subject sez it all. ;->

#7 Image comments

by joeclark

Friday July 23rd, 1999 9:58 PM

To my knowledge, no, very few graphics formats include a text track. In fact, that's one of the big deficiencies holding back accessibility in general. However, LONGDESC allows us to describe any static image. Now we work on describing OBJECTS.

#4 HTML 4.0

by Anon

Saturday July 17th, 1999 1:27 PM