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Category Archives: HTML5

Longdesc – Where are the alternatives?

Non-text Content is “any content that is not a sequence of characters that can be programmatically determined or where the sequence is not expressing something in human language”. Mostly what comes to mind when discussing non-text content are audio/ video content, images, or other graphical content not necessarily image-based. WCAG 1.1.1 Calls for alternatives for […]

Feature misuse !== feature uselessness

Ugh. Longdesc. For those who don’t follow such things, the fight over the longdesc attribute in HTML5 goes back to (at least) 2008. Back then, the WHATWG was also considering eliminating the alt attribute, the summary attribute, and table headers. Ian Hickson’s blatant and laughable egotism led him to believe he knew more about accessibility […]

Confusion over HTML5 & WAI-ARIA

Recently, Everett Zufelt posted an excellent blog post titled: Are You Confused by HTML5 and WAI-ARIA Yet?. In his post, Everett outlines a number of areas in which the evolving HTML5 specification and the WAI-ARIA specification conflict with one another in ways which can cause confusion among web developers. This is especially problematic, in my […]

Accessible Form Labeling & Instructions

When I do an audit of a web-based system against WCAG, I subject each test unit to both automated & manual tests against nearly 250 Best Practices. Of those, 40 of them relate directly to forms. The #1 way which users interact with web-based systems is through the use of forms. Some sites, such as […]

Longdesc Misuse: How Prevalent?

As far back as August 2008, I’ve been aware of Ian Hickson’s fallacious arguments that elements and attributes of HTML4 should not be included in HTML5 merely because web authors misuse them. In the case of the longdesc attribute for img, similar arguments go back even farther. My feeling on such an approach has been […]