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Re: ToolTips: bug or feature?

From: Jason White <jason@jasonjgw.net>
Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2007 19:03:27 +1000
To: public-html@w3.org, w3c-wai-ua@w3.org
Message-ID: <20070731090327.GA6623@jdc.local>

On Tue, Jul 31, 2007 at 10:30:07AM +0200, Charles McCathieNevile wrote:
[Cogent arguments omitted for brevity.]
> I agree that we should say 'user agents SHOULD NOT present alt and title in 
> a way that makes it impossible to distinguish them'. Anything more is, I 
> think, overly restrictive (and we would ignore it in practice). Anything 
> less is avoiding the problem.

And since the draft already says this:
"The alt attribute does not represent advisory information. User agents
must not present the contents of the alt attribute in the same way as
content of the title attribute."

I think we can conclude that Charles favours not changing the spec in this
regard.

After reading Charles' arguments I'm not sure where I stand in this
discussion. The disagreement, such as it is, appears to have been narrowed to
the question of whether the UA can present a tooltip by default.

I tend to agree with Charles' points, unless there is strong evidence that
this behaviour leads to significant abuse of @alt and there is no reasonable
way to modify the UI that would counter authorial temptations to do so, short
of the proposed restriction.
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