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Re: The title Attribute (Was: conflation of issues or convergence of interests?)

From: Smylers <Smylers@stripey.com>
Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2007 09:19:31 +0100
To: public-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <20070731081931.GB31168@stripey.com>

Sander Tekelenburg writes:

> Empty title attributes are author mistakes (and should be warned for
> by HTML checkers).

Why?

For comparison, the spec currently gives empty title attributes a
meaning, overriding a parent element's title attribute (with nothing):

  If [title] is omitted from an element, then it implies that the title
  attribute of the nearest ancestor with a title attribute set is also
  relevant to this element.  ... Setting the attribute to the empty
  string indicates that the element has no advisory information.

Are you claiming that it is always a mistake for an author to decide
that a parent element's title doesn't apply but that the current element
doesn't need a title?

Or do you think it's wrong for title attributes to be inherited like
this, and you'd rather that omitting the title attribute always
indicated that no title is relevant?

Smylers
Received on Tuesday, 31 July 2007 08:19:38 UTC

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