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Re: H65: Using the title attribute to identify form controls when the label element cannot be used

From: Ramón Corominas <listas@ramoncorominas.com>
Date: Fri, 11 May 2012 23:26:09 +0200
Message-ID: <4FAD83F1.5090808@ramoncorominas.com>
To: Charles McCathieNevile <chaals@opera.com>
CC: Phil Spencer <spencer_phil@hotmail.com>, ax interest list <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Hi, Charles and all,

>> the title attribute is not keyboard-accessible (IMO this would
 >> be a failure of the SC 2.1.1 and SC 3.3.2).
> That's true. But should be filed as a bug, or fixed. I wrote an 
> extension for Opera that sort of fixes it - 
> http://my.opera.com/chaals/blog/keytitle-extension - this could be done 
> in more or less any browser.

Yes and no. This can be done for focusable elements, but not for a 
generic-non-focusable element. Of course, it can be argued that all 
input elements are focusable, but there are other cases where titles are 
used to convey information that is not reached by sighted users (for 
example, titles used to expand abbreviations/acronyms).

> Although then you need to ensure that people will install it, which is a 
> different question...

And that is a big issue! Anyway, maybe in the future all browsers will 
support keyboard accessible titles.

Received on Friday, 11 May 2012 21:28:52 UTC

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