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RE: Tool Tip behavior

From: Bruce Bailey <bbailey@clark.net>
Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2000 17:48:07 -0500
To: "Gregory J. Rosmaita" <unagi69@concentric.net>
Cc: "Web Accessibility Initiative" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <004f01bf7d86$e2deb8c0$1aac66a7@151877>
Sigh.  I am somebody who cares and _I_ can't keep the advice straight!

It sounds like things worked for you well.  Are you saying I should my code
in deference to browsers which don't handle TITLE correctly?  I had ALT and
TITLE reversed before, but changed it based on discussions from the WAI

The last "rule" I remember consensus (?!) on is that A HREF TITLE attribute
should be what is used by TITLE in the HEAD section of the referenced page
(logical enough).

I have also gotten the advice (also from someone on this list, my apologies
for forgetting who) that ALT associated with a link should use a verb.  The
IMG in question is a take on their logo that incorporates the letters "M D"
and "T A P".  The graphic gives no clue as to what "MD TAP" might be, so
"Jump to MD TAP" seems like very appropriate ALT tag content to me.  Should
ALT contain _more_ information than is contained by the image?

I sincerely hope we don't get into discussing ABBR and ACRONYM for GIFs...

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Gregory J. Rosmaita [mailto:unagi69@concentric.net]
> Sent: Tuesday, February 22, 2000 3:26 PM
> To: Bruce Bailey
> Cc: WAI Interest Group Emailing List
> Subject: RE: Tool Tip behavior
> aloha, bruce!
> <a href="http://www.mdtap.org/"
>          title="Maryland Technology Assistance Project"><img
>          src="images/tap-logo.gif"
>          alt="Jump to MD TAP."
>          border="0" width="88" height="31"></a>
> JFW 3.5 (in conjunction with MSIE 5.01) reads the TITLE defined for the
> buttons, and not the ALT text, so that when i tab-to the tap-logo
> button, i
> hear:
> Maryland Technology Assistance Project
> but the document source reveals that the ALT text is defined as
> "Jump to MD
> TAP", which i personally find less informative than the TITLE defined for
> the link...
> don't have sighted assistance at hand to tell you the ToolTip behavior,
> though...
> gregory.
Received on Tuesday, 22 February 2000 17:50:36 UTC

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