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Re: LABEL Tag Question

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 2 Oct 2002 12:21:53 -0400 (EDT)
To: Phill Jenkins <pjenkins@us.ibm.com>
cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0210021215000.26405-100000@tux.w3.org>

It is true that the title is something that might be a tooltip. The point is
that title is extra information users might not get (or might not ask for).
The label will be presented to everyone. So repeating information from the
label in the title seems an odd thing to do - that should be additional,
supplementary information.

Chaals

On Wed, 2 Oct 2002, Phill Jenkins wrote:

>>> title="Please enter the minimum required age for
>>> this activity, or leave blank for no minimum age."> <label
>>
>>This is an abuse of title.  title is *not* a tool-tip.  It is
>>grammatically a noun, not an imperative.
>
>Actually, the title attribute is rendered as a tool tip in most graphical
>browsers, and more importantly, is described as such in the HTML spec.
>
>See http://www.w3.org/TR/html401/struct/global.html#adef-title
>
><quote>
>... offers advisory information about the element ... may annotate ...
>Values of the title attribute may be rendered by user agents in a variety
>of ways. For instance, visual browsers frequently display the title as a
>"tool tip" (a short message that appears when the pointing device pauses
>over an object). Audio user agents may speak the title information in a
>similar context. For example, setting the attribute on a link allows user
>agents (visual and non-visual) to tell users about the nature of the linked
>resource:
><end quote>
>
>Regards,
>Phill Jenkins,  IBM Research Division - Accessibility Center
>
>

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