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Old 02-23-2011, 08:15 AM   #4
mikelv
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Originally Posted by susan_cassidy View Post
For greater accessibility, it is strongly recommended that OPS Content Document authors include a URI reference in the optional longdesc attribute referencing a resource (such as another OPS Content Document in the Publication) describing the image in finer detail. Reading System developers are also strongly urged to recognize and render in an appropriate fashion (and with accessibility in mind) the resource specified in longdesc. For further information on the use of this attribute and related accessibility attributes, see http://www.w3.org/TR/1999/WAI-WEBCONTENT-19990505/#gl-provide-equivalents."
You are right, as far as the longdesc attribute is concerned, EPUBReader is not OPS compliant. Using an internet browser for the rendering of the content pages has many advantages, but has the disadvantage that the epub reader has the same limitations as the browser.

It seems to be that the longdesc attribute isn't supported by any of the major browsers: http://www.w3schools.com/tags/att_img_longdesc.asp. Interesting are the note and the tip which can be found on this page:
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Note: The longdesc attribute is so poorly supported that it should not be used.
Tip: To offer a long description of an image, simply create a link (that is visible to anyone) to a page with the description.
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