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ALT text in Introduction to WD-WAI-PAGEAUTH

From: L. David Baron <dbaron@fas.harvard.edu>
Date: Sat, 27 Feb 1999 23:37:57 -0500 (EST)
Message-Id: <199902280437.XAA17611@login5.fas.harvard.edu>
To: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
Cc: dbaron@fas.harvard.edu
In the introduction to [1], you say:

  User agents can render "alt" text as a tool tip, thus providing
  additional information to the general populace.

I think recommending that alt text be rendered as a tooltip is a bad
idea, since it will encourage authors to write alt text that is
suitable for a tooltip rather than alt text suitable for replacing an
image.  (The title attribute is generally considered more appropriate
for tooltips, I think.)

David Baron

[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/1999/WD-WAI-PAGEAUTH-19990226
Received on Saturday, 27 February 1999 23:38:00 UTC

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