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Re: ToolTips: bug or feature?

From: Maurice Carey <maurice@thymeonline.com>
Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2007 09:53:47 -0400
To: HTML Working Group <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <C2D365AB.36F7%maurice@thymeonline.com>

On 7/29/07 5:11 PM, "David Poehlman" <poehlman1@comcast.net> wrote:

> 
> we'd do better to have a tooltip attribute and handle alt and title in
> better ways.  Alt and title have been confused as tooltips thus have done
> poorly over all.
> 

http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/struct/global.html#h-7.4.3
title = text [CS]
    This attribute offers advisory information about the element for which
it is set.
...
Values of the title attribute may be rendered by user agents in a variety of
ways. For instance, visual browsers frequently display the title as a "tool
tip" (a short message that appears when the pointing device pauses over an
object). Audio user agents may speak the title information in a similar
context. For example, setting the attribute on a link allows user agents
(visual and non-visual) to tell users about the nature of the linked
resource:


Seems to me that title is tool tip and alt is alternative text for <img>.
We all should know by now that alt being displayed as a tooltip in IE is a
mistake on their part. I wouldn't mind 'title' being renamed 'tooltip'.
Received on Monday, 30 July 2007 13:54:10 GMT

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