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Re: title attributes on links

From: Steve Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 25 May 2012 10:26:40 +0100
Message-ID: <CA+ri+Vm+jR-XwmL_rrR97Q25-Z3FhCq9pUyU0hQSQTF8TbdLYQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: Ramón Corominas <listas@ramoncorominas.com>
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Hi Ramon,

your wrote:

'If @title is not intended to convey the accessible name, it should work
the same for any element, maybe as a "last resort"'

It is not that it is not indeded to convey the accessible name, it is that
in the case of images the accessible name has a unique semantic, but there
are limitations on how the semantics can be conveyed via accessibility
APIs, conflating the two leads to images being provided not with text
alternatives but with labels. I go into this in more detail in an
(accepted) change proposal for author conformance requirements in HTML5 [1]

In the case of controls the title attribute when used in the abscence of
another labelling mechanism, is used to provide a label, which is wanted.

[1] www.w3.org/html/wg/wiki/ChangeProposals/notitlev2


regards
stevef

On 25 May 2012 09:35, Ramón Corominas <listas@ramoncorominas.com> wrote:

> Hi, Steve and all.
>
> Yes, I know the technique, but I still on't understand well why the title
> is valid to calculate the accessible name in the case of form controls, but
> it is not valid to calculate the accessible name in the case of images. Why
> is it a "last resort" for images but a "sufficient technique" for form
> controls?
>
> This makes me think that this is not a consistent behaviour for an
> attribute. If @title is not intended to convey the accessible name, it
> should work the same for any element, maybe as a "last resort", but not as
> a recommended technique. There are other techniques that work without
> relying on this "last resort" option, so why should we recommend this?
>
> Regards,
> Ramón.
>
>
> Steve said:
>
>  The title attribute is a suitable method to provide an accessible
>>
> > name for a control in limited circumstances
>
> and also:
>
>
>  the title content [in images] is used as a last resort for
>>
> > calculating the accessible name
>
>


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