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    longdesc tag

    Hello there
    I would like to ask you for advice as for using the longdesc tag in html img tag.It turns out that this tool http://wave.webaim.org is saying that the longdesc attributes for the img tags of my site do not contain an url. I do not understand that because they do conatin urls. However, after that I have seen some places like http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longdesc_attribute where it is not very clear whether it is good to use it or not. So, now I am wondering how to fix the problem in case the tool http://wave.webaim.org is right or otherwise whether I should remove this longdesc parameters from the img tags.
    Thanks in advance
    Last edited by Mittineague; May 19, 2011 at 21:46. Reason: removing unnecessary links

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    It might be worth reading this page from the SitePoint reference:

    http://reference.sitepoint.com/html/img/longdesc

    The longdesc attribute is not well supported, unfortunately.
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    The odds are you do not need to use them for the images in question and the TITLE attribute will suffice. Very rarely have I come across an image that would really benefit a lot from LONGDESC attribute.

    In addition you have to consider whether you have supportive text within close proximity of the image, for example; within a descriptive paragraph near to the image.

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