[Art_beyond_sight_educators] Forwarding: Call for Review: HTML5 Image Description Extension (longdesc) Updated

Lisa Yayla Lisa.Yayla at statped.no
Mon Jun 10 07:06:20 UTC 2013


Forwarding following email because I thought it might be of interest to some. This is a question about how things are going to be done in the future html tags for image description. For a website that has valuable image content and wants to make that available to all then the longdesc tag will be of interest.
This is a part of an web accessible image. Hopefully in the future other aspects will come into play, like downloadable on-the fly images all set up to emboss out. 



Dear WAI Interest Group Participants,

An updated Working Draft of HTML Image Description Extension is available for review to determine if there are any outstanding issues before it progresses to Last Call.

A list of changes since the previous publication and specific questions for review are available from the Status of This Document section at: <http://www.w3.org/TR/html-longdesc/#sotd>

Please send any comments on this Draft to the publicly-archived HTML Accessibility Task Force mailing list:
       public-html-a11y at w3.org
       *by 20 June 2013*

"Last Call" is described in How WAI Develops Accessibility Guidelines through the W3C Process: Milestones and Opportunities to Contribute at: <http://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/w3c-process>

This specification ("HTML-longdesc") enables web authors to provide longer text descriptions for complex images. It defines the "longdesc" attribute to link descriptions with images in HTML5 content.
HTML-longdesc is an extension specification that is part of the HTML5 family of specifications [1], which enables it to evolve independently and be finalized more rapidly. HTML-longdesc is part of W3C's work to ensure that the Open Web Platform [2] is accessible to people with disabilities [3].

Working Groups:
HTML-longdesc was developed by the HTML Accessibility Task Force [4] under the WAI Protocols and Formats Working Group (PFWG) and the HTML Working Group (HTML WG).

About the URI:
The first URI above goes to the latest version of the specification. The "dated" version of this Working Draft is: <http://www.w3.org/TR/2013/WD-html-longdesc-20130606/> The difference between these URIs are explained in Referencing and Linking to WAI Guidelines and Technical Documents at: <http://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/linking>

Please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you in advance for your comments.
Feel free to circulate this message to other lists; please avoid cross-postings where possible.

~Shawn Henry, WAI Education and Outreach HTML Accessibility Task Force Co-Facilitators: Steve Faulkner, Charles McCathie-Neville, Janina Sajka W3C Staff Contact: Mark Sadecki

[1] Blog about extension specifications <http://www.w3.org/QA/2012/09/getting_html5_to_recommendatio>
[2] Open Web Platform standards <http://www.w3.org/standards/> [3] Accessibility - W3C <http://www.w3.org/standards/webdesign/accessibility>
[4] Task Force <http://www.w3.org/WAI/PF/html-accessibility-tf.html>

Shawn Lawton Henry
W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
e-mail: shawn at w3.org
phone: +1.617.395.7664
about: http://www.w3.org/People/Shawn/

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