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Re: can someone shed some light on this?

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Sat, 4 Oct 2003 09:17:36 +0100 (BST)
Message-Id: <200310040817.h948HaI04959@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

> I came across this and don't understand its purpose:
> http://www.google.comalt="Google">next</a>

I think you have lost a few characters in the transcription as this
is simply the illegal use of a greater-than character as presented here.
Assuming this was really:

<a href="http://www.google.com" alt="Google">next</a>

surely everyone "knows" (knows in quotes) that alt "tags" (tags in quotes)
are solely intended for the production of tool tips.  I assume that 
the author wanted a tooltip and generalised the populuar understanding of
the purpose of the alt attribute to use it on an element that doesn't
actually allow it.

If that is right, they should have used title, which is not required
to produce a tool tip, but does have rather closer semantics to those
intended.
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