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Re: dhtmlai focus group? Re: does tabbing raise an alt tag? was Re: Tooltips in HTML

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2001 03:14:12 -0400 (EDT)
To: Jonathan Chetwynd <j.chetwynd@btinternet.com>
cc: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>, Kynn Bartlett <kynn-edapta@idyllmtn.com>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0107260307340.24859-100000@tux.w3.org>
Sorry, but I didn't mean my suggestion flippantly. If you are not making a
browser, and there are things you want a borwser to do, then it might be that
they are not possible, and you have to wait for the developers to get around
to it. (There are plenty of open source browsers, but mostly they are too
complex for an individual to fix one problem). The point was that it isn't
something that is part of the HTML that you are writing.

See my next suggestion for an approach that might work for authoring a page.
If the javascript fragment is correct (I didn't test it yet) and the solution
does what you are after (again not very certain) then we could build a
transcoding proxy that would do that for any page. It also depends on your
browser, and whether getting the information in the status bar is enough. I
don't know how to do tooltips, but I suspect it might be possible in
something like mozilla or ie without massive problems. If you write to
mozilla-accessibility@mozilla.org you might even find someone who can do
this. (In this case I'll follow up there).



On Thu, 26 Jul 2001, Jonathan Chetwynd wrote:

  A while back I wrote commenting that WAI should be known as HTMLAI due to
  the focus of its attention.

  Chaals wrote>So for your favourite browser maker, write to them and ask for
  this feature to be included.

  I've tried this tack with regard to transparency, and it might take 4 years,
  or it might never happen.
  If WAI means Web Accessibility Initiative, there is a responsibility for us
  to identify issues and keep a journal.
  This forum is an aspect of this, which I possibly abuse.

  None the less
  I do have a Mental Health student who only uses tabbing to navigate, she has
  a fairly serious shake due to medication,and cannot control a mouse or
  tracker ball.
  I had not noticed the absence of alt/title tag information, which is
  embarrassing as I've been teaching her for a few months...

  This is a serious issue and is not to be resolved by the rather flippant
  suggestion from Charles.

  jonathan chetwynd
  IT teacher (LDD)
  http://www.peepo.com         "The first and still the best picture directory
  on the web"

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