Re: Questionable implementation of IMG ALT attribute as tooltips

James Green (jmkgre@essex.ac.uk)
Wed, 21 Jan 1998 14:18:03 +0000 (GMT)


From: James Green <jmkgre@essex.ac.uk>
To: www-html@w3.org
In-Reply-To: <cX0pCPD2lcx0EwDc@the-net-effect.com>
Message-Id: <SIMEON.9801211403.E@sf108.essex.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 1998 14:18:03 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: Re: Questionable implementation of IMG ALT attribute as tooltips


On Wed, 21 Jan 1998 06:12:06 -0500 (EST) Colin F Reynolds 
<colin@bespin.demon.co.uk> wrote:

> In article <SIMEON.9801191405.A@sf100.essex.ac.uk>, James Green
> <jmkgre@essex.ac.uk> writes
> >Don't go nuts over it. Use HTML as described by the W3C and you will 
> >have no problem.
> 
> If only that were true... sadly, it depends upon my "using HTML" as
> described by the W3C to author pages for the WWW, (which I do, to the
> best of my ability) _together with_ the browser developers doing the
> same. You may have noticed that whilst I can control the former, the
> latter is somewhat more troublesome ;)

No, forget what the browsers do in such a trivial instance. Unless a 
popular browser makes a display 'mistake' which has some marked impact 
on your site, don't worry about it.

For example, I had small text with CSS justify properties, and both IE 
and NN 4 spaced out the line too far, and the last word on the first 
line faled to appear, this I call a marked problem, and I rectified it 
by changing the wording. As I said, in the case of ALT, they (the 
programmers) probably made it a tooltip seeing the advantages while 
there not being any(?) disadvantages.


Regards,

James Green

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