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Re: Foundation for text techniques

From: Jim Ley <jim@jibbering.com>
Date: Fri, 7 Dec 2001 10:06:57 -0000
Message-ID: <002d01c17f06$ec797a40$ca969dc3@emedia.co.uk>
To: <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
"Cynthia Shelly":

> This is a good start.  I'm looking forward to your document in January.
> This bit isn't quite accurate
> <quote>
> ALT parameter contains text which IS presented whenever the
> corresponding visual is NOT being accessed, and that is NOT
> normally presented when the visual IS being acccessed.
> </quote>
> In Internet Explorer, when images are presneted, the alt-text is also
>as a tool-tip.

If there is no Title certainly, but if there's a TITLE attribute that
will be shown instead.

> You will see it if you mouse over the image (there is probably
>also a keyboard way to get to tool-tips, but I don't know what it is).
>I'm not sure if Netscape does the same thing.  Does anyone know?

Netscape Navigator 4 had the same behaviour, Mozilla (last time I checked
0.9.5) completely hides the ALT information if the image is displayed -
this is certainly a bug in Mozilla, and I believe that it should show it
quickly and availably on tooltip if there's no title since I often don't
understand some images, and quick access to something that would aid my
understanding is very useful to me.  Most people appear to disagree with
me though, and believe it should _not_ be shown in an attempt to educate
people about the use of title.

Received on Friday, 7 December 2001 05:08:11 UTC

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