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RE: Title attribute

From: Phill Jenkins <pjenkins@us.ibm.com>
Date: Thu, 17 May 2001 14:02:42 -0400
To: "Jon Hanna" <jon@spinsol.com>, Andrew Kirkpatrick <andrew_kirkpatrick@wgbh.org>, WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <OF47F54747.7A50161D-ON86256A4F.0062C598@raleigh.ibm.com >
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
> to ignore the title text altogether.

On Thu, 17 May 2001, Jon Hanna replied:

> Ignoring the title attribute isn't great, but it's better than JAWS'
> approach IMHO, since the title attribute is meant to have
> "additional" information losing it is a disadvantage, but shouldn't
> be a show-stopper, whereas if you get the title in place of the link
> text you are potentially replacing crucial information with merely
> helpful "bonus" information.
> Since the title attribute may not be understandable outside of the
> context of the element it applies to this seems to be a design-flaw.

Home Page Reader will speak the title attribute on links.  There may be
some bugs in the behavior currenlty.  Try the "Where am I" and "Information
View" for "additional information" like title attributes.

Phill Jenkins
Received on Thursday, 17 May 2001 14:02:50 UTC

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