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[Bug 13725] New: enable AT users to have access to contents of the title attribute (tooltip text)

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Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2011 03:12:59 +0000
To: public-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <bug-13725-2495@http.www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/>

           Summary: enable AT users to have access to contents of the
                    title attribute (tooltip text)
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: PC
               URL: http://www.w3.org/mid/B6CB855C5769484F862F4FB2CCFA50F4
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: LC1 HTML5 spec (editor: Ian Hickson)
        AssignedTo: ian@hixie.ch
        ReportedBy: mike@w3.org
         QAContact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: mike@w3.org, public-html-wg-issue-tracking@w3.org,


Since the title attribute can be applied to almost any element, reliable
means will need to be provided to allow AT users and those who do not
use a mouse, to be able to access that advisory information without
being hampered by it.  Not having access to tooltips is occasionally
problematic now, but not being able to access information such as source
reference information for a paragraph when located in a title attribute
on an element that cannot gain keyboard focus will be even more of an

Also, here "description of an image" is listed as advisory information,
continuing the confusion about where "alt" is appropriate and where
"title" should be used.  The description of an image is not "advisory"
it is descriptive.  The description of the purpose of an image might be

For instance the image of a printer being used to send to a printer,
should have alt="print" or alt="printer" but title="Click this button to
send to a printer".

[split out from bug 13590]

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