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Re: Title attribute

From: Kelly Ford <kelly@kellford.com>
Date: Thu, 17 May 2001 12:24:01 -0400 (EDT)
To: Andrew Kirkpatrick <andrew_kirkpatrick@wgbh.org>
cc: WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.33.0105171222040.563-100000@ns.shellworld.net>

JAWS has a setting to control when the title tag is read.  It can be set
to read what is called screen text, alt tag or title, or the longer of the
two.  This is controled with the verbosity menu (insert-v from within IE).
This only takes effect when using the JAWS virtual PC in line by line
reading.  When tabbing, JAWS always seems to read the title tag.

On Thu, 17 May 2001, Andrew Kirkpatrick wrote:

> Does anyone know how other user agents use the title attribute in anchor
> elements?
> I know that IE displays the title in a "tool tip", and it seems like it
> would be a good way to provide additional information to help the user
> decide whether to follow the link.  I tried using JAWS, and JAWS seems to
> just read the title, and not the actual link text.  Homepage reader seemed
> to ignore the title text altogether.
> The W3C's site (http://www.w3.org/TR/html401/struct/global.html#adef-title )
> says that title text may be presented by screen readers in a manner similar
> to a tool tip, but I doubt that the intent is to exclude the link text.
> It seems that, at least for JAWS users, the title text should be the same as
> the text of the hyperlink, but this seems redundant.  Anyone have any
> additional information?
> Andrew
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