[whatwg] Question regarding accessibility for img

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Sun Nov 30 13:44:21 PST 2008

On Sun, 30 Nov 2008, Pentasis wrote:
> I notice that it says in the spec under the img-section:
> "There has been some suggestion that the longdesc attribute from HTML4, 
> or some other mechanism that is more powerful than alt="", should be 
> included. This has not yet been considered."
> May I ask why it has not been considered (yet)?

It has, actually, but some people disagree with the conclusion. I've 
updated the text accordingly.

On Sun, 30 Nov 2008, Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis wrote:
> A rough summary of the currently dominant view in WHATWG would be that 
> visible descriptions are more useful than invisible descriptions and 
> that in any case LONGDESC is poisoned by real-world abuse ( 
> http://blog.whatwg.org/the-longdesc-lottery ).

Pretty much.

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