ChangeProposals/InstateLongdesc/RecentResearchOnUsers

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Recent Research on Users

On February 28, 2011 WebAIM released the results of their latest independent user survey which asked a question regarding the longdesc attribute.

The majority of respondents declared longdesc useful. The report states:

These responses show a strong usefulness of the longdesc attribute, which is currently under debate for omission from HTML5. Also of note is that 22.7% of respondents do not know the usefulness of longdesc, suggesting a need for better education or presentation of this functionality in screen readers.