Date: Fri, 23 Jan 1998 12:24:35 +0000 (GMT) From: Green J M K <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org In-Reply-To: <email@example.com> Message-Id: <Pine.ULT.3.91.980123121728.727Afirstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Re: Questionable implementation of IMG ALT attribute as tooltips On Thu, 22 Jan 1998, Alex Fabrikant wrote: > <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??? > 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) > > For unimportant pictures, why not ALT="[Pic]" or even ALT="" (I'm not sure that nothingness will validate)? Also, for separator bars, why not use <HR> and maybe include classes for CSS? Much faster. BTW, "+" won't take up much room on the screen, so unless you're using a dodgy small screen-mode, not much will be over-written. Personally, for small gfx, I either use HTML (e.g. <HR CLASS="1"> or for a ball ALT="*" - I don't see any problems, and no-one has yet complained to me.