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Re: Tooltips on element focus

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2001 08:39:26 -0400 (EDT)
To: Al Gilman <asgilman@iamdigex.net>
cc: WAI UA group <w3c-wai-ua@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0107270838010.13369-100000@tux.w3.org>
I read this as clearly covered by checkpoint 1.1 in any browser that does
this.

Chaals

On Thu, 26 Jul 2001, Al Gilman wrote:

  At 02:52 PM 2001-07-26 , Jonathan Chetwynd wrote:
  >javascript workarounds for a developer are not the issue I am addressing.
  >It is enabling authors and users to use tooltips if they desire and via a
  >keyboard.
  >This is not helped by individual sites using workarounds, but does relate to
  >guidelines and implementation.
  >

  In my reading of the draft UAAG the guidelines just miss this one, because the
  guidelines require the user agent to provide lots of control over the
  show/hide/when behavior of content which is specified as conditional
  content in
  the format specification.  As we said earlier, the use of TITLE as a
  tooltip is
  recognized in the HTML specification as common or possible but is not defined
  to be a function of the language feature.  In a legalistic reading of the
  document set, TITLE is conditional content by custom, not specification.  Very
  prevalent custom.

  So although User Agents may provide controls to never show tooltips, they
  don't
  provide adjustments to "show tooltips on focus."  And the legal wiring in the
  UAAG doesn't actually say they should because there is not the basis in the
  HTML spec.

  Others may correct me if I got this wrong.  But so near and yet so far.

  Over the long haul hopefully PF will have negotiated the necessary teeth into
  HTML.  But for now the browsers are serving half a loaf and it would arguably
  be appropriate to go after the shape of the function that is implemented (only
  here will it do Jonathan any good) now.  But that's HTML-specific.  Rathole. 
  Sigh.

  Al

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