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Re: Is it okay to add role="tooltip" to static elements?

From: Steve Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2012 13:01:36 +0100
Message-ID: <CA+ri+VnX6u1uOSFHA2AHrjntSaEn0pGLtdVnHUTfrYBKn3BdsQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: Ian Yang <ian.html@gmail.com>
Cc: "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Hi Ian,

I suggest its better to include the text within the label for the form
field so the information will be announced when the field recieves focus:

examples and details here:


On 27 June 2012 12:50, Ian Yang <ian.html@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi everyone,
> Please take a look at this image (
> http://www.lessfussdesign.com/blog/http://www.lessfussdesign.com/images/blog/form-screen-2009-08-10.gif
> ) which is taken from this blog page (
> http://www.lessfussdesign.com/blog/2010/08/using-aria-describedby-for-form-help-text/
> ).
> The image shows that there is a static description paragraph (< p >
> element) below the password input field. In that case, is it okay to
> add ARIA role="tooltip" to the static < p > element?
> In most web designs, tooltips are often designed as "popups" which are
> triggered by mouse hover. However, if I understand it correctly,
> "tooltip" literally means "tip of tool" and doesn't imply that a
> tooltip must be a "popup" thing. So, can I add role="tooltip" to
> elements which can be considered as "tip of tool", even if they are
> static elements? (Just like the example above) By doing so, I feel
> they are markup'ed more meaningfully, and we also get the benefit of
> having styling hooks.
> I'm not sure whether adding role="tooltip" to static elements has
> negative effects to assistive technologies or not. Is this idea
> appropriate or inappropriate?
> Kind Regards,
> Ian

with regards

Steve Faulkner
Technical Director - TPG

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