Re: Questionable implementation of IMG ALT attribute as tooltips

James Green (jmkgre@essex.ac.uk)
Wed, 21 Jan 1998 15:15:05 +0000 (GMT)


From: James Green <jmkgre@essex.ac.uk>
To: www-html@w3.org
In-Reply-To: <199801211506.KAA26194@iniki.gsfc.nasa.gov>
Message-Id: <SIMEON.9801211505.E@sf108.essex.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 1998 15:15:05 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: Re: Questionable implementation of IMG ALT attribute as tooltips


On Wed, 21 Jan 1998 10:06:17 -0500 J-F Pitot de La Beaujardiere 
<delabeau@iniki.gsfc.nasa.gov> wrote:

> 
> James Green writes:
> > 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.
> 
> I think there are disadvantages in some cases.  For example, I use <INPUT
> TYPE=IMAGE> to allow users to click on a map and zoom in or navigate.  The
> ALT attribute (new for this tag in HTML 4.0 spec[1] and already used by some
> UAs including Lynx) directs the user to the text-only option I have provided
> as an alternative navigation scheme.  Well, MSIE tries to be helpful by
> displaying ALT as a tooltip, which now (1) uselessly informs users who do
> load images that they could use text-only mode and (2) obscures the map on
> which they're carefully trying to click.  (To see what I mean, visit
> http://globe.gsfc.nasa.gov/)

Took a look with NN 3. Didn't find your INPUT tag, though. I'm not sure 
how you can 'compensate', either.


Regards,

James Green

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