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Tooltips - RE: feedback from DHTML developer

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 13 Jan 1999 15:16:53 -0500 (EST)
To: "Charles (Chuck) Oppermann" <chuckop@microsoft.com>
cc: WAI GL <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.04.9901131513010.4821-100000@tux.w3.org>
Tooltips are an implementation issue, and therefore in the purview of UA,
not PAGL. And for what it's worth, my personal view is that rather than
being a core CSS attribute it should be a preference in a UA which
implements them.

Charles McCathieNevile

On Wed, 13 Jan 1999, Charles (Chuck) Oppermann wrote:
  I agree.  There needs to be a CSS attribute to control the rendering of the
  ALT and TITLE attributes.  Possible values would be:  TOOLTIP or NONE.  That
  way, the author can control the visual appearance, and if required, the user
  can override it.
  For purposes of accessibility, the tool tip doesn't matter - that the
  information is there and available in the object is the key (exposed by
  DHTML/DOM/MSAA whatever).  The reason the tool tip exists currently is to
  make the author more aware of the attribute and to test for it's presence

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