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January 2014 Standards Update

2014 January 31
by Amaya Webster

@longdesc Specification Moves to Full W3C Recommendation
Submitted by Geoff Freed

The WAI Protocols and Formats (PF) working group recently proposed a resolution to move the current @longdesc extension specification to a full W3C recommendation and to keep it separate from the full HTML 5 specification.  This resolution was approved on January 29.  Maintaining @longdesc apart from the HTML5 specification does not place the attribute in danger.  Instead, keeping it separate helps avoid the conflicts over its use that have arisen in the past. Meanwhile, note that the new property for providing descriptions for images and other elements, aria-describedat, continues on its development track in ARIA 1.1, which is currently a first public working draft.

Standards Working Group Update
The DIAGRAM Standards Working Group next meets on February 19, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. Pacific time. The group is pleased to welcome Keith Creasy of the APH as its newest member. Please contact co-chairs George Kerscher and Mark Hakkinen if you have ideas to add to the next meeting agenda. See the notes from the December 18 Standards WG meeting on the wiki page for this group.

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