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Re: !title, !alt Re: Tooltips in HTML

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2001 04:31:44 -0400 (EDT)
To: Jonathan Chetwynd <j.chetwynd@btinternet.com>
cc: WAI IG <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0107260331550.24859-100000@tux.w3.org>
Well, what iCab does (for mouseover) is to present something like:

title-value link to href-value in the window status - this could be done in
the same way as I proposed, by adding a bit more.

I agree that it isn't a universal solution, the universal solution is to fix
the browsers. As you pointed out, that takes a long time. I looked a bit into
Mozilla and it looks like it is not a complex programming job but requires
complex background knowledge I don't yet have. However, it should be possible
to fix that browser quite fast. I have taken this project to the evaluation
and repair tools group list, but I would suggest that without some input they
are not going to solve it by magic <sigh/> since they don't have a lot of
spare time.

The start of the thread in the ER group (in case anyone else here wants to
keep following it) is at



On Thu, 26 Jul 2001, Jonathan Chetwynd wrote:

  window.status is already used to present the link or href value
  Charles wrote
  <a href="blah" onfocus="window.status='whatever is in the alt'"

  so this might work for an individual site, but is not a great universal

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

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