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Re: ToolTips: bug or feature?

From: Jon Barnett <jonbarnett@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2007 20:38:24 -0500
Message-ID: <bde87dd20707301838p56d4e17dv1b3be38f86116873@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Gregory J. Rosmaita" <oedipus@hicom.net>
Cc: "Charles McCathieNevile" <chaals@opera.com>, "Maciej Stachowiak" <mjs@apple.com>, "Lachlan Hunt" <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>, public-html@w3.org, w3c-wai-ua@w3.org

On 7/30/07, Gregory J. Rosmaita <oedipus@hicom.net> wrote:
> aloha, chaaals!
> let me reiterate my original proposition, which is archived at:
> http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2007Jul/1135.html

If I'm understanding correctly, your main point in this discussion is
that MSIE should be free to present @alt as a tooltip if it chooses.
You've iterated this point a few times now.

Lachlan originally gave a link to an article by Hixie about why this
is incorrect and leads to bad coding practice. [1]  You appeared to
dismiss those points out of hand without refuting them [2].  I
highlighted a couple of those points [3], and I haven't seen you
address those points.  Instead, your replies seem to dismiss those
points and imply that @alt and @title actually serve almost the same

[1] http://hixie.ch/advocacy/alt-tooltips
[2] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2007Jul/1126.html
[3] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2007Jul/1154.html

Instead, I suggest precisely the opposite.  HTML 5 should explicitly
forbid @alt from being displayed as a tooltip*.  Also, @alt SHOULD not
be presented to the user in any way by default when an image is being
displayed - in the same manner that a UA doesn't display the contents
of <object> if the media is being displayed.  Any other behavior
encourages misuse of alternate content by encouraging authors to use
@alt as supplemental, not alternate, content.

* There is one exception to this.  Given <img src=404 alt=something
width=100 height=100> some browsers will reserve a 100x100 box and
display the @alt text inside that 100x100 box.  When the text doesn't
fit in the box, some browsers display the @alt text in a tooltip, and
this is fine: the alternate text is serving its purpose as an
alternate for an image.
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