Questionable implementation of IMG ALT attribute as tooltips

Colin F Reynolds (colin@the-net-effect.com)
Mon, 26 Jan 1998 17:18:39 +0000


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Date: Mon, 26 Jan 1998 17:18:39 +0000
To: www-html@w3.org
From: Colin F Reynolds <colin@the-net-effect.com>
Subject: Questionable implementation of IMG ALT attribute as tooltips

In article <199801261506.KAA06519@geode.ora.com>, Chris Maden
<crism@ora.com> writes
>The requirement is that the Web page designer think about what he is
>doing.  If no alternative text is appropriate after thinking, then
>that should be specified.

No amount of "thinking about it" will compensate for the fact that in
many cases it is _impossible_ to create ALT text which satisfies the
conflicting requirements for:

  + ALTernative textual content to replace an image which is not
    available to the user agent and 

  + Tooltips for an image which has been rendered in the user agent.

The former is ALTernative information; the latter is SUPPLEMENTARY
information.

-- 
Colin Reynolds
Please don't ASS*U*ME anything -
 if you do, you'll risk making an ASS out of U and ME :)