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[Bug 10873] Provide a method of explicitly setting a tooltip for an element

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Date: Thu, 30 Sep 2010 19:21:32 +0000
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http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=10873

--- Comment #3 from Everett Zufelt <everett@zufelt.ca> 2010-09-30 19:21:31 UTC ---
(In reply to comment #1)
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> Status: Rejected
> Change Description: no spec change
> Rationale: The title="" attribute is as close as we can get to this without
> being media- or device-specific. Just consider title="" to be for tooltips and
> in practice you will be fine.
> 
> The reason that the spec dodges the issue as it does is that we have to leave
> precise user interface details up to the user agent. For example, the Lynx
> implementors might prefer to show the advisory text in a status line rather
> than in a tooltip.

"The tooltip is a common graphical user interface element. It is used in
conjunction with a cursor,usually a mouse pointer. The user hovers the cursor
over an item, without clicking it, and a tooltip may appear  a small "hover
box" with informationabout the item being hovered over."
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tooltip)

If I wish to ensure that my content appears as a tooltip either:

1. UAs must support the functionality, and must so do accessibly, or

2. I must implement the functionality myself.

The current spec * does not * provide for a tooltip, only that the title
attribute content * may * 'be appropriate for a tooltip'

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