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ToolTips: bug or feature?

From: Gregory J. Rosmaita <oedipus@hicom.net>
Date: Sun, 29 Jul 2007 09:52:49 -0400
To: Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>
Cc: public-html@w3.org, w3c-wai-ua@w3.org
Message-Id: <20070729134843.M7637@hicom.net>

lachlan wrote, quote:
> The alt attribute is only rendered as a tooltip in IE, and 
> that's considered a bug for a variety of reasons. See this article.
> 
> http://hixie.ch/advocacy/alt-tooltips
unquote

i find hixie's arguments, decidedly unconvincing.  there ARE valid 
reasons why @alt and @title should be exposed to the user 
onMouseOver -- as i indicated, what you perceive as a logical icon 
may not be understood by a sighted visitor from a vastly different 
culture, so a tooltip exposition of ALT text is actually beneficial 
to users of all stripes.  in the end, all hixie really addressed is 
author complaints, which have far more to do with user agent 
implementations than anything defective in the markup.

if authors are so worried about ToolTips "cluttering" their pages, 
then they should be able to set their user agent to display ALT as 
tooltips, display TITLE as tooltips, display ALT and TITLE as 
tooltips, display no tooltips -- this is a user agent issues, 
better addressed by the User Agent Accessibility Guidelines Working 
Group:

http://www.w3.org/WAI/UA

than the HTML working group.

gregory.
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