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RE: Title attribute

From: Jon Hanna <jon@spinsol.com>
Date: Fri, 18 May 2001 10:11:45 +0100
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <NDBBLCBLIMDOPKMOPHLHAEGGDDAA.jon@spinsol.com>
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> A tool tip is currently exported by most GUI objects (in MFC,
> Swing,  etc.) as the accessible description or textual
> representation for an  object.  Thus having the title attribute
> override the default textual  representation (in this case the link
> text) actually is the desired  behavior.  Further utilizing the
> title attribute effectively can allow  page authors to update the
> textual representation of an object via  JavaScript and inform the
> user of an event that dynamically (client  side) changes the
> content of the page.

The title attribute is not the same thing as a toolTip, although a
toolTip is a sensible rendering of the title in some contexts.

[useful things to do with title snipped]

That is indeed useful. However I may wish to have the following:

<p>The <a href="whatever.html" title="United States homepage of the
company">company</a> was set up in Ireland in 1934.</p>

Here title is doing it's job correctly, but rendering it as "The
United States homepage of the company was set up in Ireland in 1934."
is not correct (though it would certainly be great one-up-manship
amongst those who boast about how long they've been using the web!).

As it is title is a useful tool for making pages more accessible, but
to really do it's job we need ways for user agents to interpret it
without replacing the rest of the text in the link.

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