Re: Questionable implementation of IMG ALT attribute as tooltips

Alex Fabrikant (afabrikant@smtpgtwy.ausd.k12.ca.us)
Thu, 22 Jan 1998 14:18:58 -0800


Message-Id: <s4c75560.071@smtpgtwy.ausd.k12.ca.us>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 1998 14:18:58 -0800
From: Alex Fabrikant <afabrikant@smtpgtwy.ausd.k12.ca.us>
To: www-html@w3.org
Subject: Re: Questionable implementation of IMG ALT attribute as 	tooltips

<snip prior discussion>
>Look, I really don't see your problem:
> *Incorrect usage*:
>   ALT="There would normally be a picture here..."
> *Correct usage*:
>   ALT="Pic: Abraham Lincoln"
>(IMO)
>Now, following these guidelines, where is your problem???
>
>Regards,
>James Green

What about ALT="-------------------------" for a separator bar
or ALT="+" for a bullet? I've seen those used a *lot*, and use them myself regularly. This usage complies exactly with the intention of the ALT attribute - to provide user with information of what the image would've contained if it were loaded (and no, ALT="Bullet" is not the best solution IMHO, since, for one thing, it takes up an unnecessarily large room for a bullet)

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Alex Fabrikant
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