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longdesc
SRD - 26-2-2008 at 14:23

So who uses it? (Ok, so I know IE ain't too fond of it)

It seems an interesting concept but should it only be limited to accessibility issues?

Should the pages linked to, have doctypes etc. and be fully formed HTML/css pages, and in what format? Just a simple paragraph with no styling at all?


DMWright - 26-2-2008 at 19:17

Almost no-one uses it, and of the few that do, almost all use it incorrectly...

It should point to a fully formatted page containing a complete text description of the image.

It's use was never said to be limited to accessibility issues, but lets face it, if you have a complex image that needs an explanation, chances are that explanation is on the same page as the image.


SRD - 26-2-2008 at 19:44

Thanks, so it just links to a description of the image, but how? Does it just work for screen readers or does it open a new page in a new window or replace the existing window, or act like an iframe?


DMWright - 26-2-2008 at 20:25

Ah, the futility of it all...

I don't know of any mainstream browsers that really support longdesc.

..you can get a add-on for FireFox that will let you right-click an image and open the longdesc url, but that's about it.


SRD - 26-2-2008 at 20:53

Futile indeed, but it passed an afternoon that otherwise might have been passed in ennui.

Thanks again.