LONGDESC attribute

Web site accessibility is important stuff. However, I suspect that many things seem like overkill.

Every image should have both an ALT attribute to provide a short description and a LONGDESC attribute to provide a web page which describes the image.

It seems like these rules are not even followed by the advocates. Yes, I realize that “Do as I say, not as I do” is not really an excuse. However, it makes it difficult to find quality examples.


A few days ago, I heard on the radio that the GOP has decided it would greatly benefit them to attract black voters. Having black members of Congress will make them look sensitive to blacks. First, they need more black staffers which potentially will translate into black candidates in the future.

They have people scouring the country for young conservative blacks. Those against Affirmative Action are now resorting to it.

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Preserved comments:

  • 5/10/2003 3:12 PM by anonymous: Yep…I’ve forgotten the occasional alt tag.  I’m not too proud to admit it.  Definitely a very important thing to include them.
  • 5/10/2003 8:27 PM by OEnone:I am surprised more and more everyday, how important people find skin colour, ethnicity, and overall “background” of people.

    In Martinsville, you were asked who your parents were.  That was it.  Everyone had a fluent chart for you instantly by that alone, presumably.

    I guess I think I would just rather have “more voters” rather than “more young, more black, more mexican, more over 60” voters…

  • 5/11/2003 1:18 PM by anonymous: Thanks for stopping by my site.I agree with OEnone. We just need more voters. So many complain but do nothing to help the situtation. You have no right to argue if you’re not voting.

Web site accessibility is important stuff. However, I suspect that many things seem like overkill.


Every image should have both an ALT attribute to provide a short description and a LONGDESC attribute to provide a web page which describes the image.


It seems like these rules are not even followed by the advocates. Yes, I realize that “Do as I say, not as I do” is not really an excuse. However, it makes it difficult to find quality examples.



A few days ago, I heard on the radio that the GOP has decided it would greatly benefit them to attract black voters. Having black members of Congress will make them look sensitive to blacks. First, they need more black staffers which potentially will translate into black candidates in the future.


They have people scouring the country for young conservative blacks. Those against Affirmative Action are now resorting to it.