[html4all] Figure ideas (was: Article by Catherine: Feedback on accessibility concerns in HTML5)
Leif Halvard Silli
lhs at malform.no
Fri Sep 21 17:26:11 PDT 2007
On 2007-09-22 01:39:21 +0200 rob at robburns.com wrote:
>> On 2007-09-21 05:06:25 +0200 Robert Burns <rob at robburns.com> wrote:
>>> On Sep 20, 2007, at 9:49 PM, zara wrote:
>>> The figure element does raise the issue of embedded content that
>>> is illustrative of the prose already included in a document. When
>>> an image is included in a figure element with a caption, that
>>> relationship is explicit
>> And that is quite important. If the the automatic cross-reference
>> system of HTML 5 is used, then one can create links links to/from a
>> word/words in the caption text and to somewhere else in the document.
>> This could reduce the need for the @longdesc - I mean, not the need
>> for it in the spec, but the need to use the @longdesc.
>> Also - the caption text would become the natural place to place
>> D-links, if/when they are needed.
> I'm not sure what automatic cross-reference system you're referring
(3rd time I refer to the source in this thread.)
> Also, the issue of creating links does not really get at the purpose
> longdesc. Though it uses a URI, a longdesc should be kept distinct
> from a
> hyperlink. We want them both to be possible for the same element and
> want them clearly distinguished. In many ways a longdesc is closer to
> embedding than it is to a link.
The automatic cross-reference feature is, as much as I understand it,
a special kind of linking - just as longdesc is another kind of
Are there any viewpoints on my proposal to either use SPAN (and/or
other phrase elements) - or perhaps even DIV, instead of LABEL and
LEGEND in FIGURE?
leif halvard silli
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