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Re: @title's relation to accessibility

From: Leif Halvard Silli <lhs@malform.no>
Date: Mon, 03 Sep 2007 20:52:43 +0200
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To: public-html@w3.org
Cc: wai-xtech@w3.org

2007-09-03 18:45:15 +0200 Sander Tekelenburg <st@isoc.nl>:

> [...]
> 
>> For example to tell a user about the purpose of a link or
>> to add supplementary information that adds to what they can glean 
>> from
>> the link text is straight forward etc but with the img element,  even
>> when the user explicitly chooses to have the contents of the title
>> attribute read out. it can still be ignored.
> 
> Sure, but what has this got to do with "accessibility"? A user 
> without any
> disablities may just as well choose to ignore @title, or images, or 
> Flash, or
> javascript, etc.

If that is a question about how HTML4 links it to accessibility, then 
let's say that instead of @TITLE, HTML4 had included a method for 
showing a select graphic (without any @ALT) as tooltip. Then it would 
have had less to do with accessibility. It is text, which can be read 
by all UAs. That's probably the accessibility thing about it  - along 
with the fact that it can be applied to all elements. Perhaps the 
thinking also was that via @TITLE, one could add information without 
changing the structure/the elements or the text body of a document - 
so that one could apply @TITLE instead of demanding a rewrite of the 
document?
-- 
leif halvard silli
Received on Monday, 3 September 2007 19:35:42 GMT

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