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Re: handling of HTML title attribute

From: david poehlman <david.poehlman@handsontechnologeyes.com>
Date: Wed, 1 Sep 2004 07:51:55 -0400
Message-ID: <002001c4901a$153b1700$6401a8c0@DAVIDPC>
To: "Johannes Koch" <johannes.koch@fit.fraunhofer.de>, <w3c-wai-ua@w3.org>

As I read this, jaws is behaving in reaction to the real world but you are
correct, were title used appropriately, it would be addative, not
juxtaposed.

Johnnie Apple Seed

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Johannes Koch" <johannes.koch@fit.fraunhofer.de>
To: <w3c-wai-ua@w3.org>
Sent: Wednesday, September 01, 2004 5:43 AM
Subject: handling of HTML title attribute



Hi there,

some web developers add a title attribute to an a element with the same
text as the a element's content, e.g.

   <a href="foo" title="bar">bar</a>

because some screen readers allow the user the configuration of reading
links (radio buttons!):

( ) read link text
( ) read title attribute

The HTML specification defines
(<http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/struct/global.html#adef-title>) the title
attribute to offer

   advisory information about the element for which it is set

which IMHO sounds like _additional_ information.

I was pointed to the UAAG, which seems to permit this sort of
configuration for link titles.

UAAG 1.0, checkpoint 2.3
(<http://www.w3.org/TR/UAAG10/guidelines.html#tech-conditional-content>)
says:

2. When a specification does not explain how to provide access to this
    content, do so as follows:

     * If C is a summary, title, alternative, description, or expansion
       of another piece of content D, provide access through at least one
       of the following mechanisms:
           o (1a) render C in place of D;

But how can this be permitted when C is additional information for D?
-- 
Johannes Koch - Competence Center BIKA
Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology (FIT.LIFE)
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